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Establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory – environment v human rights

The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is composed of a group of low-lying islands situated in middle of the Indian Ocean. The largest of the islands, Diego Garcia, is only 30 km2 in area.  The islands are subject to British control, although sovereignty over the islands is also claimed by Mauritius.  The British Government entered into an agreement with the United States in 1965 to allow the latter government to use the islands for defence purposes. The local population was expelled from the islands in order to make way for the building and operation of a military base. The BIOT…