On 19 March 2015, a post was published entitled “When will the peoples of Africa get the right to self-determination“?
In the post, I examine the history of this right, which was enshrined in the UN charter in 1945. I argue that the meaning of ‘self-determination’ is fairly clear. However, the meaning of what constitutes a ‘people’ is not so clear. However, it is clear that the borders of the territories in Africa that were under colonial domination (i.e. almost all of Africa) never corresponded to boundaries between peoples. Therefore, I argue that unlike in some other parts of the world, the majority of the peoples of Africa have not yet been able to exercise their right to self-determination.
When will they finally get this right?