International Law Supports Caprivi Demand
| The UN International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (G.A. Resolution 2106 of 1966) defines "racial discrimination" as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, descent, colour, or national or ethnic which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life."
The whole of the Namibian state system -political, economic, social, cultural, educational, and every other field of public life - is based upon the racial discrimination of the Caprivian people. Namibia is a state violate of the UN charter obligations and provisions on human rights.
The UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (G.A. Resolution 1514 of 1960) states that "the process of liberation is irresistible and irreversible and all people have an inalienable right to complete
In this Resolution, The General Assembly proclaimed "the necessity of bringing to a speedy and unconditional end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations."
The Declaration stated:
"The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation
constitutes denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of
the UN and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-
The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (G.A. Resolution 2200 of
1 966, ratified by the Namibian government) in Article 1 states:
"All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development"
And Article 3 states:
"States Parties to the present Covenant,.. shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination and shall respect that right**.
The Caprivians are seeking precisely this right to self-determination to which they are entitled according to this UN Covenant , which the Namibian government by ratifying has agreed to promote its realization.
The UN Declaration on the International Status of "peoples" and their Right of Self-Determination (G.A. Resolution 2625 of 1970) states:
"The establishment of a sovereign independent State, the free association or integration with an independent state or the emergence into any other political status freely determined by the people constitute modes of implementing the right of self-determination by that people".
The Namibian government has not simply been against but openly oppressive of the Caprivian people as a nation and its political, economic and ethno-cultural interest and advancement.
As such the Caprivians have no state and are seeking to create their own sovereign state of CAPRIVI in their own homelands based on their right to self-determination.
Their political right and their resolve for self-determination must be recognized and supported by the UN and Member States.
The Caprivian freedom fighters today assert and bear aims in pursuance of their internationally recognized right to self-determination.
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