A New Framework
Chapter 4: Historically remote secessions
This chapter examines historically remote secessions, including those of Bangladesh, Eritrea, and East Timor. For each of these cases, the chapter discusses the history of the secessionist entity, including its relationship with a former colonizer and/or mother state. Moreover, the chapter discusses whether these cases of secession entailed the right of self-determination, and how the international community viewed and accepted these secessions. The chapter concludes that these cases of secession do not necessarily support the argument that secession is a legal right in international law and that instead, they entail the exercise of self-determination rights and/or sui generis cases justified by special circumstances.
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