To watch this documentary online in full screenHigh Quality. STEALING A NATION (John Pilger, 2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island ofDiego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Stealing a Nationhas won both the Royal Television Society's top award as Britain's best documentary in 2004-5, and a 'Chris Award' at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Abrochureof the film is available. On April 8, 2008, the Chagos Islanders have launched a nationalCampaign for Resettlementof their islands. For more information and updates on the plight of the Chagossians, visit the website of theUK Chagos Support Association.
British ministers have blocked the release of secret military papers about an Indian Ocean island where the US may be holding prisoners without charge. Diego Garcia is British territory but home to a US military base believed to house so called 'rendition prisoners'. Al Jazeera's Mark Seddon reports.