Fresh judicial review challenge to UK decisions on Chagos resettlement and right of abode


On 16 November 2016 the UK Government announced that it would not fund any supported resettlement of the Chagos Islands.  There would be no steps taken to remove the statutory barriers which prevent settlement on the Islands.  Instead, a support package of £40million would be made available to support Chagossian communities settled elsewhere in the world.


On 16 February 2017, Olivier Bancoult, the Chair of the Chagos Refugees Group, issued an application for judicial review of both decisions.  The latest decisions follow a four year long review of the UK’s policy on the Chagos Islands (also known as the British Indian Ocean Territory).   This fresh judicial review revisits the legality of the statutory barriers to the exercise of the constitutional right of abode by the Chagossians removed from their homeland by the United Kingdom Government. 


Further reporting on Mr Bancoult’s claim can be found here.


Mr Bancoult is represented by Edward Fitzgerald QC, Paul Harris SC and Angela Patrick, instructed by Clifford Chance.

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