BHAWNA ATMARAM

Following the advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in February 2019 calling for the UK to withdraw from the Chagos Archipelago in order to bring a definite end to the decolonisation process of Mauritius, yesterday’s UN vote has clearly established that the international community is overwhelming in its support for our island and its ongoing struggles to make right the wrongs that have been committed in the past, under the golden days of colonisation.

This is in no way a small step for a tiny island like ours, which appears as a mere speck on the world map. Though the advisory opinion by the ICJ and UN resolution are not binding, Mauritius has proved that even world superpowers such as the UK and US can be taken to task when it comes to gross unethical practices of pulling the control harnesses when it suits them. Displacing and dumping people, dividing and ruling and reigning supreme have been their golden mantra but at least, Mauritius has shown that its fiery determination has paid off. We have every reason to be proud of ourselves and now need to continue the long battle ahead of us, breaking the manacles of colonisation.