Straight lines on the map of Africa drawn by pencil and ruler in the absence of Africans. The French, English, Germans, Spanish, Belgians only served their own interests, while deciding the future of the peoples and their borders.
The result: families divided, suppressed peoples, erased identities and cultures and murdered languages.
And today we see victims of this crime defend these borders created by colonialism while thinking that they stand against this colonialism.
All stateless peoples determined to join the ranks of accomplished nations must at some point in their history address the United Nations to claim their right to self-determination.
They all know that the United Nations is neither the global judge who exercises justice, nor is it the aegis behind which they can take refuge against repression, denial of existence or genocide in the face of their oppressors. It is not the vocation of the United Nations to be the architect of their liberation, but the place of their accomplishment. A people is only welcomed there when it has gained independence by appropriate means – and above all, when there is no veto opposed to its admission by one of the permanent members of the Security Council.
Despite the existence of a UN body supposed to deal with such cases, namely the Fourth Commission in charge of Decolonization, requests are only validated when supported by one of the great powers of the world.
It is, therefore, a veritable obstacle course that awaits the people who are embarking on their path to liberation.
If this attitude of discouraging the maximum number of candidates for freedom aims first of all to guarantee a minimum of international stability, it is at least a double failure:
a) – Because life is mobile and moving, the borders will never stop moving,
b) – because when faced with despair, morally upright people do not bother to resort to violence which, alas, seems the most effective way to be heard. It is as if, in a country, there is no court for the litigants, they make themselves justice. This law of the jungle rages around a world that we think deserves better.
Also, in front of the UN Official Office in Geneva, on behalf of the Kabyle people, we gathered on the 26th of October 2019, to remind the world that we have handed over the Memorandum of Self-determination of Kabylia to our international headquarters in New York (on 10/28/2017). This action is the third of its kind in three months, a sequel to rallies by Kabyles outside the UN in New York on August 24th and September 28th.
The tabling of this Memorandum is a peaceful act which relies on the expression of the noblest law, reason and human values. This is a highly civilized approach which Kabylia will always pride itself on. There is in this process no naivety or illusion, no malice or trap. Even if we knew that there was little hope of receiving an answer from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to whom it was addressed, we wanted by this gesture to have as witnesses all the enlightened minds on the planet to the drama of the Kabyle people and the need to for this to be treated before it gets worse and has far more urgent and disastrous consequences for us all.
No obstacle, no force, will renounce Kabylia’s right to independence.