Hawksbill Turtle _ Threadfin Butterflyfish in a branching Arcopora Garden Salomon Lagoon near Ile Boddam_2006_turtle_(c) Jon Slayer.

What we do

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Our key aims

  • Promoting the rights of Chagossians as an indigenous people
  • Promoting Chagossian rights of self-determination
  • Improving the lives and well-being of Chagossians wherever they live
  • Promoting the citizenship rights and human rights of Chagossians with nation states
  • Pursuing proper restitution and compensation for our half century of enforced exile
  • Protecting and developing our culture, islands and way of life
  • Affirming our right of return to our islands

Our activities

  • We provide a public and community platform for Chagossians all over the world using conferences, meetings, community events, social media, the press and broadcast media, our Facebook page and Twitter
  • We organise campaigns and lobby to improve the lives of the exiled Chagossian community, through dialogue with decision makers, government bodies, and the press
  • We build networks between Chagossian community organisations and form partnerships with them to support their activities and aims
  • We build networks with organisations, individuals and bodies who can support the Chagossian community,
  • We are building a network of researchers and academics who can provide evidence and understanding which will advance the lives of Chagossians
  • We build partnerships with environmentalists who help sustain the islands and the relationship between our people and the islands

Our campaigns

  • Promoting the indigenous rights of the Chagossian people
  • Self-determination for Chagossians in relation to our future and the future sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago
  • Supporting the right of return to the islands for all Chagossians
  • UK citizenship rights for Chagossians and their families
  • Campaigning for restitution and compensation for our enforced exile from our homeland
  • Enabling the voice of Chagossians to be heard at an international and governmental level
  • Encouraging projects to support the health, wellbeing, education, training and financial wellbeing of the Chagossian community
  • Preserving and developing the culture and history of the Chagossian community
  • Partnering with environmental groups to ensure the voice of the Chagossian people is represented in environmental projects on our islands and ensuring that Chagossian cultural ecosystems and ways of life are protected
  • The construction of a Chagossian community centre in the UK
  • Funeral grants for Chagossians
  • Proper management of the £40 million pound  UK Government package in the interests of the whole Chagossian community worldwide.