Self-Determination in Regional Human Rights Law: From Kosovo to Cameroon
105 American Journal of Inernational Law 60 (2011)
23 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013
Date Written: 2011
This article discusses the right to self-determination in Africa and America and begins by examining the right to self-determination in regional human rights treaties. No treaty in the Inter-American system provides a right to self-determination; however, the African Charter provides a right to self-determination, which I attribute to its history of colonization and apartheid. Next, the article describes secession claims made in Africa, starting in 1995 and discusses self-determination of indigenous and tribal groups by analyzing case law from the Inter-American system and the African Commission. The article concludes that these regions have established the framework for self-determination and must now continue with execution and observing the established norms.
Keywords: self-determination, secession, human rights, Africa, Inter-American system
JEL Classification: K33
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