We are pleased to communicate that on 26 February 2013, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has responded to the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago‘s (UMMOA) complaint just as it would to any other subject of International law:
We are now doing research in order to establish what exactly to do next, but there is probably little if anything the ICC can do, since its jurisdiction is quite limited.
Here are the basic facts: Prof. Brian Simpson of Michigan State University Law School has described the Chagos with its native population in exile as a “human rights black hole“.
At the end of January 2013, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled that it can hear the Islanders’ case, which requires Britain to justify the taking of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius, and challenges its absolute right to create the Chagos marine reserve.
The court’s binding decision could possibly void Britain’s claim, returning the Chagossians or Chagos Islanders to Diego Garcia, and could possibly return Diego Garcia to Mauritius. The latter scenario is what Mauritius hopes, not the UMMOA.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which like the PCA is headquartered in the splendid Peace Palace of The Hague, also seems involved [1,2]. It has ruled that it can hear a case challenging the UK’s decision to establish a marine protected area around the Chagos Islands. The process could require the UK to justify its decisions to lease one of the islands to the United States for military purposes, and to (illegally) remove and resettle the Chagossians from their homeland.
The UMMOA legal team now has a basic plan to utilise its newly established status as a subject of International law, and the developing legal news mentioned in the paragraphs above, in order to contact the PCA, a court with much broader jurisdiction and powers than the ICC.
Through this effort we hope to get right in the middle of the UK and Mauritius squabble over the gigantic Chagos marine reserve, and propose a solution that could enormously benefit the exiled Chagossians who wish to return to their homeland, limit the blatant colonialism currently exercised by the UK, and the potential neocolonialism by Mauritius, and turn the UMMOA into a quasi-State. This would turn the UMMOA’s stewardship ethic of responsible planning and management of resources into a mandate, and bring its mission as Protector of the Chagossians into high gear.