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Eradicate colonialism by 2030? Unlikely.

Clinging on to colonialism
A Colonial-era fresco at Palais de la Porte Dorée. Photo by Guilhem Vellut/Flickr

On the 21st of June the United Nations General Assembly started publishing a number of draft resolutions calling on the colonial powers to relinquish their control on the few remaining colonies. The UN states that its target is to eradicate colonialism by 2030. To date, 17 non-self-governing territories remain. Of these, fifteen are governed by permanent members of the Security Council:

  • 10 by the UK,
  • 3 by the US and;
  • 2 by France.

Of course, this list does not include occupied territories, such as Palestine, the Chagos Archipelago and Crimea.

What are some of the concerns expressed by the draft resolutions:

  1. “[T]he use and exploitation of the natural resources of the Non-SelfGoverning Territories by the administering Powers for their benefit”;
  2. “The use of the Territories as international financial centres to the detriment of the world economy” and;
  3. “The consequences of any economic activities of the administering Powers that are contrary to the interests of the people of the Territories”

Can it be done?

The fact that these draft resolutions stem from the General Assembly, as opposed to the Security Council, means that the resolutions may pass. Whether the lingering colonial overlords sitting firmly in the Security Council with their veto powers will take heed is quite another matter. Britain in particular will probably dig its heels in as it did when on May 22, 2019 the General Assembly adopted a resolution affirming that the Chagos Archipelago formed an integral part of the territory of Mauritius. Still, a lot can happen between now and 2030… 

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Off with the head! Getting Rid of Phoney Justice

Welcome to the September issue of The Gordian.

Executing a human being and punishments like solitary confinement are as coldblooded and premeditated as murder and torture can get. They are not in self-defence, because the danger has passed. It is not justice, because a person can always outweigh their deeds, and they can change, given the chance. The theme of this series is still justice and in this issue, we are looking at it from different angles, including those phoney ones imposed on the guilty with little or no respect for their welfare and human right.

This issue offers the usual mix of politics, interviews and culture by UN-aligneders across the world, including Ruby Goldenberg, Carla Pietrobattista, Katharina Wüstnienhaus, Victoria Davila, Partho Chatterjee and Maya Bearyman, Cristina Mihailescu, Omar Alansari-Kreger, Atika Harba and Sonia Roopnarain.

The editors are Adrian Liberto and Ariana Yekrangi.

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