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Mauritius. About 2,000 people from the British-controlled Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, who were displaced from there 30 years ago, were allowed to return home in May. According to CountryAAH, an appeal court in London then rejected an appeal from the British government and instead upheld a 2006 ruling that gave the islanders the right to move back.

2007 Mauritius

The conflict between Mauritius and Britain dates back to 1966, when Britain leased the Chagos Islands' largest island, Diego Garcia, to the United States, which built a military base there. Britain forced the approximately 2,000 Chagos to move to Mauritius, 20 miles southeast of the islands. There many of them live in poverty and some of them are refugees in the UK.

The islanders have long demanded to return home as well as claim damages from the UK and the US. The British government has tried to prevent the Chagos from moving back, partly by taking advantage of an opportunity to make decisions through decrees. The Court of Appeal described the government's treatment of the islanders as "disgusting abuse of power". Before the verdict came, M's president Anerood threatened Jugnauth to leave the Commonwealth in protest of Britain's "barbaric treatment" of the people of the Chagos Islands. He also considered bringing the matter to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Mauritius - Port Louis

Port Louis

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius; 148,100 residents (2018). Port Louis, located on the northwestern coast of the island of Mauritius, with its port is the center of the country's domestic and foreign trade. The city has several research institutes and a university (founded in 1965).

Port Louis was founded by the French in 1736 as an intermediate station for ships en route between Europe and Asia.


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