The 'Casamance Question': An Examination of the Legitimacy of Self-Determination in Southern Senegal

The 'Casamance Question': An Examination of the Legitimacy of Self-Determination in Southern Senegal The ‘Casamance Question’: An Examination of the Legitimacy of Self-Determination in Southern Senegal 1 LAWRENCE S. WOOCHER * Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa 1. Introduction The conflict in the Casamance has taken a serious toll on the region, the state of Senegal, and all of West Africa. Three months ago, a news agency’s lead para- graph of a story on the conflict made this bleak assessment: ‘Eighteen years of civil war in Casamance has turned Senegal’s most beautiful region, endowed with abundant natural resources, into the most dogged sanctuary of separatists in the West African sub-region.’ 2 While the strife has never rivaled conflicts in other African countries like Sierra Leone or the Sudan in terms of violence or size, the conflict in the Casamance seems especially resistant to resolution. Violence continues to flare up intermittently, as it has since 1982, despite a num- ber of cease fires and repeated efforts at a negotiated settlement. Over this peri- od, at least one thousand people have lost their lives and tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes. 3 In addition, human rights groups including 341 International Journal on Minority and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

The 'Casamance Question': An Examination of the Legitimacy of Self-Determination in Southern Senegal

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/the-casamance-question-an-examination-of-the-legitimacy-of-self-SUnRC0lz2l
Publisher
Martinus Nijhoff
Copyright
© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1385-4879
eISSN
1571-8115
D.O.I.
10.1163/15718110020908089
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

The ‘Casamance Question’: An Examination of the Legitimacy of Self-Determination in Southern Senegal 1 LAWRENCE S. WOOCHER * Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa 1. Introduction The conflict in the Casamance has taken a serious toll on the region, the state of Senegal, and all of West Africa. Three months ago, a news agency’s lead para- graph of a story on the conflict made this bleak assessment: ‘Eighteen years of civil war in Casamance has turned Senegal’s most beautiful region, endowed with abundant natural resources, into the most dogged sanctuary of separatists in the West African sub-region.’ 2 While the strife has never rivaled conflicts in other African countries like Sierra Leone or the Sudan in terms of violence or size, the conflict in the Casamance seems especially resistant to resolution. Violence continues to flare up intermittently, as it has since 1982, despite a num- ber of cease fires and repeated efforts at a negotiated settlement. Over this peri- od, at least one thousand people have lost their lives and tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes. 3 In addition, human rights groups including 341 International Journal on Minority and

Journal

International Journal on Minority and Group RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve Freelancer

DeepDyve Pro

Price
FREE
$49/month

$360/year
Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed
Create lists to
organize your research
Export lists, citations
Read DeepDyve articles
Abstract access only
Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles
Print
20 pages/month
PDF Discount
20% off