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UN VOTE ON CHAGOS ISLANDS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 58: tabled on 26 June 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 September 2017
Carshalton and Wallington
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Inverclyde
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Cardiff South and Penarth
Drew, Dr David
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Stroud
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 June 2017
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 July 2017
North East Fife
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Glenrothes
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Airdrie and Shotts
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 June 2017
Dundee West
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 June 2017
Glasgow East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 July 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 June 2017
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 June 2017
Glasgow North West
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Argyll and Bute
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 July 2017
Edinburgh East
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 June 2017
Glasgow Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.