Africa’s unrecognised territories 

By: HANA RAJABALLY


posted on: February 5th, 2020

Across the continent of Africa, there are several unrecognised states which have declared independence from the countries in which they are legally situated. Some unrecognised territories have recently declared independence; others have been an unrecognised state for several decades.

WHAT IS AN UNRECOGNISED STATE?

An unrecognised state is a region or territory which is not internationally acknowledged as having a legal status. Although these unrecognised territories may receive diplomatic recognition from certain states, they are not seen as legitimate countries on an international level, and cannot operate as fully recognised states with regards to international trade, negotiation and agreements.

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF UNRECOGNISED STATES IN AFRICA?

Unrecognised territories in Africa include:

WHEN DID THESE UNRECOGNISED TERRITORIES DECLARE INDEPENDENCE?

For the Republic of Logone and the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, independence was declared very recently, with the former having proclaimed itself independent on 1st October 2017, and the latter doing so on 14th December 2015. The Republic of Somaliland, however, declared itself independent almost three decades ago, on 18th May 1991.

WHY DID THESE UNRECOGNISED TERRITORIES DECLARE INDEPENDENCE?

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