• Clement Siatous solo exhibition at Simon Preston Gallery Clement Siatous solo exhibition at Simon Preston Gallery

    Clement Siatous solo exhibition at Simon Preston Gallery

Clement Siatous solo exhibition at Simon Preston Gallery

Simon Preston Gallery is delighted to present Sagren, a solo exhibition of paintings by Chagossian artist Clement Siatous. The exhibition, curated by Paula Naughton, opens on 12 September and will run until 17 October, 2015.

Through his own personal journey of recollection, Siatous issues a defiant rebellion.

  • Cabinet Magazine Presentation
    Presentation & Discussion at Cabinet Magazine Presentation & Discussion at Cabinet Magazine

    Presentation & Discussion at Cabinet Magazine

Presentation & Discussion at Cabinet Magazine

Presentation and Discussion / “Hijacking an Island: How America Stole a Nation,” with Louis Olivier Bancoult, Paula Naughton, and David Vine

Date: Monday, 20 April 2015, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

  • Guardian
    UN ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders UN ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders

    UN ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders

UN ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders

Britain acted illegally, say judges in scathing ruling that upholds Mauritius’s rights and restricts US ability to expand ‘rendition’ air base on Diego Garcia

  • TURTLE COVE ON INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND OF DIEGO GARCIA.
    The Guardian: Exiles from Chagos Islands given hope of returning soon to their lost paradise The Guardian: Exiles from Chagos Islands given hope of returning soon to their lost paradise

    The Guardian: Exiles from Chagos Islands given hope of returning soon to their lost paradise

The Guardian: Exiles from Chagos Islands given hope of returning soon to their lost paradise

The long-fought-for end to expulsion from Indian Ocean atolls to make way for a US base may finally rest on an outlay of £64.

It is a scandal stretching across six decades: the forced removal of hundreds of native people from a British overseas territory

  • Clement Siatous, Plagede Perhos Berhos, 1954; acrylic on canvas - image courtesy the artist.
    Tropical Rebellion: The Art of Clement Siatous Tropical Rebellion: The Art of Clement Siatous

    Tropical Rebellion: The Art of Clement Siatous

Tropical Rebellion: The Art of Clement Siatous

One could naively interpret the paintings as tropical souvenirs, but within the striking beauty of the canvas lays the haunting truth of Siatous’ autobiographical works. Each painting is an act of rebellion that represents the collective voice of an entire generation and culture.

  • The Chagos Refugees Group UK prepare for protest The Chagos Refugees Group UK prepare for protest

    The Chagos Refugees Group UK prepare for protest

The Chagos Refugees Group UK prepare for protest

Protest Signs in preparation for The case at the UK Court of Appeal will be held on Monday, 31 March 2014 – See more at Minority Rights.org

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    The UK government is to carry out study for re-settlement feasibility The UK government is to carry out study for re-settlement feasibility

    The UK government is to carry out study for re-settlement feasibility

The UK government is to carry out study for re-settlement feasibility

‘The ‘independent consultants’, will not include Chagossians, have been instructed by the Foreign Office (FCO) to “neutrally” examine the options and risks involved in establishing several sorts of community on the outer islands as well as on Diego Garcia itself. ‘

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    US Navy pollutes the Chagos Archipelago US Navy pollutes the Chagos Archipelago

    US Navy pollutes the Chagos Archipelago

US Navy pollutes the Chagos Archipelago

US Navy pollutes islands cleared of natives in order to ‘protect environment’

The US Navy has been discharging sewage and waste water into the British-owned and protected Diego Garcia coral lagoon since the 1980s, according to a new report by the UK-based Independent.

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    Natives of the Chagos islands have had their human rights taken away from them Natives of the Chagos islands have had their human rights taken away from them

    Natives of the Chagos islands have had their human rights taken away from them

Natives of the Chagos islands have had their human rights taken away from them

Natives of the Chagos islands have had their human rights and their land mistreated and taken away from them. In our modern society, how is it still acceptable to oust people from their homeland and not even let them voice their concerns? – Peter Harris on Open Democracy

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    Marie Sabrina Jean – We Must be Allowed to Return Home Marie Sabrina Jean – We Must be Allowed to Return Home

    Marie Sabrina Jean – We Must be Allowed to Return Home

Marie Sabrina Jean – We Must be Allowed to Return Home

Many believe that the Chagos Islands need protection. Those of us who call it home wholeheartedly agree with them. For many years, the Chagossians were the guardians of these beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. We grew our own food, fished from the sea and enjoyed a way of life that had sustained our ancestors for generations. . . . . . . view politics.co.uk website

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    Forty Years of Heartbreak Forty Years of Heartbreak

    Forty Years of Heartbreak

Forty Years of Heartbreak

David Vine – Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland. ‘Over a weekend of memorials, I was remembering a friend who died of a broken heart. Her death certificate may not say so, but she did. Aurélie Lisette Talate died last year at 70 of what members of her community call, in their creole language, sagren–profound sorrow… ‘Huffington Post website

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    Privy Council Privy Council

    Privy Council

Privy Council

Court room at the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, London, UK.

On 10th June, 2004 Royal Orders were passed and The Queen using sovereign law, took away the right of Chagossians to live in their homeland. Full immigration controls over the B.I.O.T are reinstated.

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    Root Shock Root Shock

    Root Shock

Root Shock

People who have been displaced experience “root shock.” Root shock is the traumatic stress reaction to the loss of some or all of one’s emotional ecosystem. Root shock can follow natural disaster, development-induced displacement, war, and changes that play out slowly such as those that accompany gentrification.

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    Wikileaks cables Wikileaks cables

    Wikileaks cables

Wikileaks cables

Wikileaks released cables on 2 December, 2010.

British Foreign Office and American officials discuss plans to establish a marine park on Diego Garcia and the surrounding islands, which they say would effectively end the islanders resettlement claims.
Please follow link for full cable

  • Presentation at center for Chagos Refugees Group
    Presentation at the center for Chagos Refugees Group Presentation at the center for Chagos Refugees Group

    Presentation at the center for Chagos Refugees Group

Presentation at the center for Chagos Refugees Group

One of the presentations at the center when we watched archive footage and images never before seen by the community. In this first session we identified three people in the footage by name.

  • Center for Chagos Refugees Group
    Center for the Chagos Refugee Group Center for the Chagos Refugee Group

    Center for the Chagos Refugee Group

Center for the Chagos Refugee Group

Center for the Chagos Refugees Group at Pointe aux Sables, Port Louis, Mauritius.
The center is used as a community base for many social activities as well as a training and resource center.

  • Company Gardens
    Company Gardens Company Gardens

    Company Gardens

Company Gardens

Company Gardens, photographed in February, 2013.
In 1981 there was a large-scale community demonstration and a small group of Chagossian women went on hunger strike at Company Gardens, Port Louis, Mauritius.