British Indian Ocean Territory
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The Chagos Archipelago was ceded to the United Kingdom by France in 1814 and until 1965 was administered as part of Mauritius. In the latter year it was detached from Mauritius (then still a colony of the United Kingdom) and became a separate Territory. That was in preparation for the use of the main island, Diego Garcia, as a United States base. When the United States required the use of the base, the resident population was left without employment and departed to live in Mauritius. In later court proceedings, it was accepted by the United Kingdom …

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David McClean, “British Indian Ocean Territory”, in: Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, General Editor Gerhard Robbers. Consulted online on 30 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2405-9749_elr_COM_000039>
First published online: 2015



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