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Chagossian Voices was formed in October 2020 to give a voice to members of the worldwide Chagossian diaspora by providing a platform which can unite the Chagossian community and reach a wide and influential audience. We do not aim to replace existing groups but to provide ways for them to communicate and come together.

  • We aim to improve the lives and wellbeing of Chagossians globally through campaigning for:
  • Justice in matters of immigration and citizenship
  • Support and reparation for 50 years of ongoing injustice and exile
  • Stronger and more effective community voice
  • Chagossian self-determination for sovereignty of the islands
  • Preservation and support of Chagossian culture and community

What Chagossian Voices have done so far

Meetings with MPs, Peers and Government departments

  • Henry Smith MP in September 2021 to discuss an amendment to the Nationality and Borders Bill
  • Bambos Charalambous MP and Stuart Mc Donald MP in October 2021 to discuss the progress of the Nationality and Borders Bill
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Chagos Islands in March 2021 to explain Chagossian priorities and needs
  • The BIOTA at the FCDO. Chagossian Voices have held several meetings with the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration at the Foreign office to discuss community needs and priorities and to help them develop a strategy to best support the Chagossian community
  • The Home Office Immigration Policy Team. We have been in regular communication with this team at the Home Office to articulate and clarify the problems faced by Chagossians in relation to immigration and citizenship. We also held a Zoom meeting with them in May 2021.
  • International Bodies and Organisations Chagossian Voices is campaigning hard for self-determination for Chagossians in matters of sovereignty for the islands and has written to the UN, Amnesty international and the African Union

Bringing Chagossian Community groups and supporters together

Chagossian Voices has successfully used Zoom and social media platforms to unite Chagossian groups by staging discussions and forums to establish common ground. We have worked positively and held meetings with members of Chagos Asylum People, Chagos Refugees Group, Chagos Islanders Movement, Diego Garcia and Chagos islands Council, Chagossian Action Committee.

We have also worked co-operatively and productively with groups who support the Chagossians and the Chagos Archipelago. In particular we have had very fruitful collaborations with the UK Chagos Support Association and Chagos Conservation Trust. Both groups have offered and provided considerable support to the community.

Community Updates and Information

Chagossian Voices has provided regular updates and information for the community through its conferences and webinars and through its Facebook page. We often make Livestreams to explain complex and important issues to the community in Kreol and publish these on Facebook.

Community Activities and Support

Chagossian Voices is encouraging and promoting activities for the Chagossian community. For example, a lunch club for older members of the community meets on Wednesday lunchtimes in Broadfield, Crawley. Chagossian voices is particularly active with the Chagossian community in Manchester and also helps community members with numerous problems from immigration to housing.

Chagossian Voices is encouraging and promoting activities for the Chagossian community. For example, a lunch club for older members of the community meets on Wednesday lunchtimes in Broadfield, Crawley. Chagossian voices is particularly active with the Chagossian community in Manchester and also helps community members with numerous problems from immigration to housing.

Chagossian Voices is encouraging and promoting activities for the Chagossian community. For example, a lunch club for older members of the community meets on Wednesday lunchtimes in Broadfield, Crawley. Chagossian voices is particularly active with the Chagossian community in Manchester and also helps community members with numerous problems from immigration to housing.

Chagossian Voices is encouraging and promoting activities for the Chagossian community. For example, a lunch club for older members of the community meets on Wednesday lunchtimes in Broadfield, Crawley. Chagossian voices is particularly active with the Chagossian community in Manchester and also helps community members with numerous problems from immigration to housing.