The Chagossians need 25,000 signatures by 4th April 2012 to get the attention of the White House in Washington. The Chagos Refugees Group does need your support. On 28th March 2012, some 5,700 people had already signed the petition and more than 19,000 signatures are still needed to reach the goal of 25,000.
The Petition, posted on the White House website for the voices of the Chagossian people to be heard by the US Government in Washington, reads as follows :
“The U.S. Government Must Redress Wrongs Against the Chagossians
For generations, the Chagossians lived on the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. But in the 1960s, the U.S. and U.K. governments expelled the Chagossians from their homes to allow the United States to build a military base on Diego Garcia. Facing social, cultural, and economic despair, the Chagossians now live as a marginalized community in Mauritius and Seychelles and have not been allowed to return home. The recent passing of the oldest member of the exiled population underscores the urgent need to improve the human rights of the Chagossians. We cannot let others die without the opportunity to return home and obtain redress. The United States should provide relief to the Chagossians in the form of resettlement to the outer Chagos islands, employment, and compensation.”
To sign the petition, follow the instructions here.
For more information, please call the Chagos Refugees Group on 234 1024.