Reference: Hadj Cherif, H. (2020). « L’illégale ouverture de représentations consulaires au Sahara Occidental : quels remèdes peut offrir la Charte africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples ? », Revue Internationale de Recherche Juridique et Politique , 4(2), pp 227-251
Resume: The recent opening of consular representations in Western Sahara by certain African countries (Union of the Comoros, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Guinea and Ivory Coast) raises many questions on the legal level. This study aims to examine the compatibility of the opening of these consular posts with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and to explore the remedies and actions it may offer. The study concludes that the opening of consular representations in Western Sahara is in violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in particular the provisions of its Article 20 enshrining the right of peoples to self-determination and certain other related rights. The Charter offers potential avenues of recourse that can be seized on the subject of this illegality, both before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Keywords: Western Sahara, consular representation, self-determination, decolonisation, Non-Self-Governing Territory.