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UK High Court Rules Chagos Marine Park Lawful
By Angela Messina, June 12, 2013 @ 12:16 PM (EST)
Source: BBC News

The Chagos Marine Park, a protected area created in 2010 where fishing is banned, was upheld by the UK’s High Court. Located in the Indian Ocean, the controversial park has outraged its native islanders who say that they are unable to return home because they depend on fishing for their livelihood.

The park is the largest of its kind in the world and encompasses the UK-controlled Chagos Archipelago, including the largest island Diego Garcia. In the 1960s, the Chagossians were evicted from Diego Garcia to make room for a US Air Force base.

The Chagossians, who were taken to Mauritius following their exile from their mainland, have been fighting for the right to return home for many years. They claim that the marine park’s creation is just another way that the UK’s government is preventing their homecoming.

For its part, the UK asserts that the park was set up for purely environmental reasons and that it is “compatible with EU law.”

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