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    B594 - British Indian Ocean Territory Bill 2013, TSR Socialist Party



    British Indian Ocean Territory Act 2013


    An Bill to protect the Chagos Islands and the Chagossians

    Preamble

    This House believes that the current situation and historic treatment of the Chagos Islanders is unacceptable. The forced expulsion of the Islanders from the British Indian Ocean Territory was a disgrace and illegal under international law. This Bill aims to rectify the mistakes of previous governments and bring justice to the Chagos Islanders.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1. For the purposes of this Act

    - BIOT means the British Indian Ocean Territory.
    - ‘Chagossian’ and ‘Chagos Islander’ mean any former inhabitant of the Chagos Islands.
    - ‘Descendant’ means any person who is a direct descendant of a Chagossian.
    - ‘Camp Thunder Cove’ refers to the United States military base on Diego Garcia.

    2. Revocation

    (1) The British Indian Ocean Territory (Constitution) Order 2004 is hereby revoked.

    (2) The British Indian Ocean Territory (Immigration) Order 2004 is hereby revoked.

    3. Military presence

    (1) It is an offence for any sovereign state to maintain a military presence in the BIOT.

    (2) In accordance with part 2, subsection 1 of this Act (above), the lease of the Chagos Islands to the United States of America is terminated immediately.

    (3) Upon the departure of the United States Military from the islands, Camp Thunder Cove shall be dismantled unless that action conflicts with the results of the referendum in section 6, subsection 1 of this Act.

    4. Right of abode and citizenship

    (1) All Chagossians and their descendants are allowed to return to and live on the islands.

    (2) In accordance with the British Nationality Act 1981, Chagos Islanders and their Descendants are reaffirmed as British Overseas Territory Citizens.

    5. Establishment of the office of commissioner

    (1) There shall be a Commissioner for the Territory who shall be appointed by Her Majesty by instructions given through a Secretary of State who shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure.

    (2) The Commissioner shall reside on the Chagos Islands.

    6. Referendums

    As soon as possible after the return of the Chagossians to the BIOT:

    (1) A referendum will be held to determine the future of the airbase on the former site of Camp Thunder Cove.

    (2) An independence referendum shall be held to determine the future constitutional status of the BIOT.

    (3) The referendums shall be overseen by the Commissioner.

    (4) Only Chagos Islanders and their Descendants living in the territory shall vote in the referenda.

    7. Compensation

    (1) Each Chagos Islander is entitled to receive compensation from the British Government of £200,000.

    (2) Each Descendant is entitled to receive compensation from the British Government of £100,000.

    8. Short title, commencement and extent

    (1) This Act may be cited as the British Indian Ocean Territory Act 2013.

    (2) This Act shall come into force immediately following Royal Assent.

    (3) This Act extends to-

    (a)the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
    (b)the British Indian Ocean Territory.


    Notes
    Relevant Information
    Between 1967 and 1973, the entire population was involuntarily removed from the islands and relocated to Mauritius and the Seychelles to make way for a joint United States-United Kingdom military base on Diego Garcia. In March 1971, Seabee U.S. Naval construction battalions arrived on Diego Garcia to begin the construction of the Communications Station and an airfield. To satisfy the terms of an agreement between the UK and the U.S. for an uninhabited island, the plantation on Diego Garcia was closed in October of that year. The plantation workers and their families were initially relocated to the plantations on Peros Banhos and Salomon atolls in the northwest of the archipelago; those who requested were transported to the Seychelles or Mauritius. In 1972, the UK decided to close all the remaining plantations throughout the Chagos, and deported the Ilois to the Seychelles or Mauritius. The then-independent Mauritian government refused to accept the islanders without payment, and in 1973, the UK gave the Mauritian government an additional ₤650,000 to resettle the islanders. However despite this islanders often found themselves in woefully inadequate housing and living conditions.
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    'Nay'.

    As harsh as our actions were these actions occurred over 40 years ago, the natives have long since integrated into other societies.
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    Nay, I'm of a mind with Rakas/Nathan
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    At present I could not support this bill. You have said that every child will get £100,000 - is that exactly viable?
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    Completely ludicrous bill, this is not a priority at all. No.
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    I think that (7) is just completely ridiculous to be honest. I will not be voting aye if it's included, it is absurd.
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    White guilt at its finest, why should you be using taxpayers money when the majority of Britons had nothing to with these events. The compensation is also ridiculous, why should descendants get anything they were not affected it was their parents ergo someone else.
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    aye, it is a disgrace that we did this to the islanders and it's about time we tried to make amends, 40 years is not that long and many of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for their right to have their homeland back.
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    aye, it is a disgrace that we did this to the islanders and it's about time we tried to make amends, 40 years is not that long and many of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for their right to have their homeland back.
    There are many neo nazis that camapaign for the return of hitler, its irrelevant as long as the majority of the islanders want to remain as an overseas territory give me one good reason why they shoudln't. You socialists are so caught up in you guilt syndrome that you seem to be doing anything you can to reduce British influence and power, attacking British Culture and introducing measures which slow the British economy. Vile.
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    (Original post by IsaacBless)
    There are many neo nazis that camapaign for the return of hitler, its irrelevant as long as the majority of the islanders want to remain as an overseas territory give me one good reason why they shoudln't. You socialists are so caught up in you guilt syndrome that you seem to be doing anything you can to reduce British influence and power, attacking British Culture and introducing measures which slow the British economy. Vile.
    the majority of islanders want their land back in this instance, there aren't any left on the islands themselves because the British government evicted them all to make room for a military base for the yanks, to compare them to Hitler is an utter disgrace and shows your complete ignorance of just about everything here, this won't reduce British influence and power, all it will do is give their descendants their homes back and stop the yanks from using land we stole to stage barbaric military actions from.
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    the majority of islanders want their land back in this instance, there aren't any left on the islands themselves because the British government evicted them all to make room for a military base for the yanks, to compare them to Hitler is an utter disgrace and shows your complete ignorance of just about everything here, this won't reduce British influence and power, all it will do is give their descendants their homes back and stop the yanks from using land we stole to stage barbaric military actions from.
    Have you been living under a rock these past few decades? Britain doesn't have 100 grand to every conman who claims he was affected by the actions of our ancestors
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    the majority of islanders want their land back in this instance, there aren't any left on the islands themselves because the British government evicted them all to make room for a military base for the yanks, to compare them to Hitler is an utter disgrace and shows your complete ignorance of just about everything here, this won't reduce British influence and power, all it will do is give their descendants their homes back and stop the yanks from using land we stole to stage barbaric military actions from.
    I wasnt saying they were like hitler or the nazis? That is a straight lie, I was merely pointing out that the movement you mention is a movement which the majority of islanders do not support, neo nazism is a movement which the majority of Germans do not support, would you contest this? The comparison is valid and merely retorting "dont compare them to hitler" is restoring to emotional stigmatizing and you havent at all addressed my valid point of comparison. Of course taking away british territory will reduce british influence in the region, we use our possesion of the islands to give the americans bases, if they started bombing say france , we would retract the islands from them."barbaric military actions" This is debateable, I am agaisnt the interventions in Afghanistan and Syria, but I am pro intervention in Libya and Iraq.
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    (Original post by Clayton2k14)
    Have you been living under a rock these past few decades? Britain doesn't have 100 grand to every conman who claims he was affected by the actions of our ancestors
    40 years is not that long ago (sorry I didn't realize that the Right didn't understand time), frankly it's the least we should do given how we treated them, we cannot compensate everyone we wronged properly sadly, but this is something we can do that shows the right attitude to trying to make up for the vile actions of previous governments.
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    (Original post by IsaacBless)
    I wasnt saying they were like hitler or the nazis? That is a straight lie, I was merely pointing out that the movement you mention is a movement which the majority of islanders do not support, neo nazism is a movement which the majority of Germans do not support, would you contest this? The comparison is valid and merely retorting "dont compare them to hitler" is restoring to emotional stigmatizing and you havent at all addressed my valid point of comparison. Of course taking away british territory will reduce british influence in the region, we use our possesion of the islands to give the americans bases, if they started bombing say france , we would retract the islands from them."barbaric military actions" This is debateable, I am agaisnt the interventions in Afghanistan and Syria, but I am pro intervention in Libya and Iraq.
    you compared them, which is utterly moronic. you are clearly an ignorant tool, if you love Hitler and the kind of land grabs he did so much then please do **** off and join these neo-Nazi's you know so much about rather than wasting my time with your non arguments.
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    40 years is not that long ago (sorry I didn't realize that the Right didn't understand time), frankly it's the least we should do given how we treated them, we cannot compensate everyone we wronged properly sadly, but this is something we can do that shows the right attitude to trying to make up for the vile actions of previous governments.
    WE WE WE WE, DID NOT DO ANYTHING. Who is WE? I was not even alive when the events happened and allot of the tax payers were not alive, how can you justify this?
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    (Original post by IsaacBless)
    WE WE WE WE, DID NOT DO ANYTHING. Who is WE? I was not even alive when the events happened and allot of the tax payers were not alive, how can you justify this?
    40 years ago quite a lot of the current population of the UK were alive actually. so what? you weren't alive when the UN was formed does that mean we should ignore it? a basic sense of morality is how.
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    aye, it is a disgrace that we did this to the islanders and it's about time we tried to make amends, 40 years is not that long and many of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for their right to have their homeland back.
    Let them have their homeland back, then; don't pay them £100,000! Where exactly was this figure plucked from? I agree what happened was a disgrace, but it is ludicrous to support the idea of giving every single descendent - irrespective of their views! - £100,000. Let alone the £200k. With respect, I don't think you're (or anyone else here for that matter) some sort of expert on this issue. How do you know "many" of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for the right to have their homeland back? Can you please provide some statistics to support this rather bold assertion? Or is it really just the case that a small(er) group feel particularly strongly about this and are (I'm not saying this is wrong) making a lot of noise about it? Even then, why should we give them £100,000?!?! We can make amends by allowing them to return - which is after all what they want, no? Not a wad of cash.
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    you compared them, which is utterly moronic. you are clearly an ignorant tool, if you love Hitler and the kind of land grabs he did so much then please do **** off and join these neo-Nazi's you know so much about rather than wasting my time with your non arguments.
    Here we have a slanderous lier, creating strawman arguments and attempting to paint me as a neo-nazi. Your comments are frankly contemptible and you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. Not once, not once, did I confess love for hitler or nazism, furthermore, you have not demonstrated why you disagree with my comparison but merely that you feel offended by it. Rory, shall we be mature about this and not let emotion cloud our judgement?
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    (Original post by Endless Blue)
    Let them have their homeland back, then; don't pay them £100,000! Where exactly was this figure plucked from? I agree what happened was a disgrace, but it is ludicrous to support the idea of giving every single descendent - irrespective of their views! - £100,000. Let alone the £200k. With respect, I don't think you're (or anyone else here for that matter) some sort of expert on this issue. How do you know "many" of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for the right to have their homeland back? Can you please provide some statistics to support this rather bold assertion? Or is it really just the case that a small(er) group feel particularly strongly about this and are (I'm not saying this is wrong) making a lot of noise about it? Even then, why should we give them £100,000?!?! We can make amends by allowing them to return - which is after all what they want, no? Not a wad of cash.
    as I understand it the figure was arrived at after research was done into it by the bills author (I am no longer in the Socialist party so I am afraid I do not know the full details of the bill's authoring), compensation is reasonable to allow them to resettle their land properly in my view, there aren't a huge number of them either so I doubt it come's to that large a sum in total either.
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    (Original post by Endless Blue)
    Let them have their homeland back, then; don't pay them £100,000! Where exactly was this figure plucked from? I agree what happened was a disgrace, but it is ludicrous to support the idea of giving every single descendent - irrespective of their views! - £100,000. Let alone the £200k. With respect, I don't think you're (or anyone else here for that matter) some sort of expert on this issue. How do you know "many" of the descendants of the islanders still campaign for the right to have their homeland back? Can you please provide some statistics to support this rather bold assertion? Or is it really just the case that a small(er) group feel particularly strongly about this and are (I'm not saying this is wrong) making a lot of noise about it? Even then, why should we give them £100,000?!?! We can make amends by allowing them to return - which is after all what they want, no? Not a wad of cash.
    No way, the people immigrated to the islands. The immigrants have just as much right to the islands as the native population. Why should we have one rule for the British Isles and another for BIOT?
 
 
 
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