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UN Vote On Chagos Islands

EDM number 58 in 2017-19, proposed by Patrick Grady on 26/06/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Human rights, International law, International politics and government, North America, Overseas territories and United Nations.

That this House welcomes the adoption by the UN General Assembly of resolution 71/292 which requests an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 including the consequences in international law for the resettlement of the Chagos Islanders; notes that the Chagos Archipelago was excised from Mauritius in 1965 prior to independence in 1968, notwithstanding UN resolution 1514 of 1960 concerning the violation of territorial integrity of colonial countries prior to the independence, and resolution 2066 of 1965 demanding the UK take no action which would dismember the territory of Mauritius and violate its territorial integrity; further notes that 94 UN member states supported resolution 71/292 with 15 against, and 65 abstentions, including Canada and Switzerland, as well as 22 EU member states including France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Greece and Finland; believes that this vote signifies a diplomatic failure for the Government, which finds itself increasingly isolated and with diminishing influence on the world stage; encourages the Government to resume bilateral discussions with Mauritius with a view to resolving the issues and also to respect any advisory opinion given by the ICJ; draws attention to the 1,500 Chagos Islanders, and their descendants, who were deported from the islands by the UK between 1968 and 1973 so that Diego Garcia could be used as a military base by the US; is appalled that after nearly 50 years this situation remains unresolved; and demands that the Government fulfil its humanitarian and human rights obligations and allow the Chagossians to return home.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Patrick Grady26/06/2017Glasgow NorthScottish National PartyProposed
Martyn Day27/06/2017Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon27/06/2017StrangfordDUPSeconded
Liz Saville Roberts27/06/2017Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins27/06/2017Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Chris Stephens27/06/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Stuart McDonald27/06/2017Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National PartySigned
David Linden27/06/2017Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Carol Monaghan27/06/2017Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Alison Thewliss27/06/2017Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law27/06/2017Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Jonathan Edwards27/06/2017Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Ronnie Cowan28/06/2017InverclydeScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Doughty29/06/2017Cardiff South and PenarthLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas29/06/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Brendan O'Hara29/06/2017Argyll and ButeScottish National PartySigned
David Drew29/06/2017Signed
Angus MacNeil03/07/2017Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Peter Grant04/07/2017GlenrothesScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry04/07/2017Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Neil Gray04/07/2017Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown04/07/2017Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Tommy Sheppard05/07/2017Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins06/07/2017North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Roger Godsiff11/07/2017Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Tom Brake05/09/2017Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned

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