The aim of the Association is set out in its Constitution as follows: To support the right of the people of the Falkland Islands to decide their own future.
The Association is made up of Members who support that principle. Our President is The Lord Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE. Vice-Presidents are General Sir Peter de la Billière, KCB KBE DSO MC DL; Sir Michael Rose KCB CBE DSO QGM DL; The Hon. L Buxton; Mr E C J Clapp, MBE; Dr R Elgood, FRAS; Mr Alan Huckle, Mr D Tatham CMG, and Councillor R E Walker.
The Interim Chairman of the FIA is Mr Paul Martinez, who is assisted by the other officers and members of the Executive Committee. Together, they oversee the day-to-day activities of the Association. For more information on members of the current Executive Committee click here: we also have a sub-committee (FIASC) in the Falkland Islands. For information on the FIASC, click here. We have an active membership drawn mainly from the UK but also from the USA, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Several Members of Parliament are honorary members who support the FIA and the Islanders cause. The Falkland Islands Government Representative in London, Mr Richard Hyslop, attends the Executive Committee meetings. We liaise closely with the Falkland Islands Government and try to link up with all Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) when they visit the UK.
The Association publishes a Newsletter which is distributed to Members as well as a wide range of people who are able to influence government policy and public opinion - including Members of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and journalists.
The Association monitors political and press activity which may in any way undermine the Falkland Islanders' interests rebutting hostile, inaccurate or misleading press reports.
The Association stands ready to mobilise public opinion in the UK and around the world should it appear that the views of the Falkland Islanders may be set aside and their future decided against their wishes. The Association will also continue to support Falkland islanders in the protection of their environment and the development of their natural resources both on land and in and beneath the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands.
The Falkland Islands Association has a long history. It was first set up as the Falkland Islands Emergency Committee in 1968 in response to secret negotiations between the UK and Argentine Governments which encompassed the possibility of a transfer of sovereignty. As the UK Falkland Islands Committee (FIC), it continued throughout the 1970s mobilising UK public opinion against the various ideas being proposed, such as condominium and lease-back, and in 1982 it helped to generate strong cross-party support in the UK Parliament for the expulsion of the Argentine occupying forces and for the future defence of the Falkland Islands. In 1984, the FIC was re-formed as the FIA with its own constitution. Since then, the FIA has continued to help to support in the UK and elsewhere for the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination.
The Association welcomes applications for membership from anyone who supports the aims stated above. Any person over the age of eighteen and any corporation or organisation is eligible for election to membership. If you are interested click here for more information.
The Association welcomes new members who support the continuing freedom of the people of Falkland Islands. Just click the tab below to learn about the different levels of membership that are available in the UK and overseas.