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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Casamance Conflict

Carlo Panara

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 July 2021

Subject(s):
States, independence — Jurisdiction of states, conflicts — Secession — Armed conflict — Torture — Refugees — National liberation movements — Self-determination

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Casamance is the region in southern Senegal sandwiched between The Gambia to the north and Guinea-Bissau to the south. It covers about one-seventh of Senegal’s land mass and has a population, according to the 2001 census, of approximately 1,300,000 people (Senegal's overall population is 9,800,000). The capital and largest town of the region is Ziguinchor with over 200,000 inhabitants. Since 1984 Casamance is administratively divided into the Zuguinchor region (or ‘Lower Casamance’, on the coast) and the Kolda region (in the east). Each region is divided into a...
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