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Sand, Peter H. (2019): The shadow of Pelindaba: Chagos and the African nuclear-weapon-free zone. In: South African Journal of International Affairs-Sajia, Vol. 26, No. 3: pp. 323-347

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The Chagos Archipelago off the East African coast has been the subject of a territorial and humanitarian dispute ever since it was ?excised? from the former British colony of Mauritius and forcibly depopulated, 50 years ago, to make place for an American military base on the principal island of Diego Garcia. Starting from a historic advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 25 February 2019 and an implementing resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 22 May 2019, this article aims at broadening the debate so as to take into account (i) the general context of relevant treaty instruments potentially affecting the Chagos and the Chagossians (primarily in the fields of human rights and environment);and (ii) the specific concerns of denuclearisation and disarmament raised by the Treaty on the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, in particular.

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