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Britain’s recent darkest hour: the betrayal of the Chagos Islands

10 September 2022

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10 September 2022

9:00 AM

The Last Colony: A Tale of Exile, Justice and Britain’s Colonial Legacy Philippe Sands

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pp.208, 14.99

Philippe Sands’s compelling new book opens in 2018 at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Liseby Elysé – ‘a distinctive lady dressed in black’, who can neither read nor write – is making a video statement before 14 judges. In Creole, she describes how, in 1973, she and the last of her 1,500 fellow islanders from Peros Banhos (part of the Chagos archipelago, south of the Maldives) were forcibly deported to Mauritius.

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