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International Law and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: What Next for the Chagossians

  • Amy Schwebel
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Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 4)

Abstract

This chapter reviews key concepts concerning indigenous peoples’ rights, particularly with respect to land, under international law and their relevance to the experience of the Chagossians in their struggle to secure a right of return to the Chagos Islands. Major developments in indigenous peoples’ rights under international law at the regional and international level are considered including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, significant cases before regional human rights mechanisms, and the requirement of free, prior and informed consent. The relevant international law is applied to the situation of the Chagossians demonstrating that the Chagossians have a right to an effective remedy and reparation for the violations of their human rights under international law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Schwebel
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  1. 1.Minority Rights Group InternationalLondonUK

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