Jun 04, 2004

Acheh: The legal status of Acheh under international law


a. Sovereignty in a colony or in a non-selfgoverning territory does not lie in the hands of the colonialist power, or in the administering authority, but in the hands of the people of this colony or territory - UN Resolution 1514-XV;

b. Sovereignty over a colonial territory is not transferable by the colonialist power to other colonialist power;

c. All powers must be returned by the colonialist governments to the native people of each territory - in this case, Holland must return all powers to the people of Acheh-Sumatra, and not to Javanese Indonesia - UN Resolution 1514-XV;

d. The duty of all states to end colonialism, and to stop anyone from using force against peoples struggling for their independence - UN Resolution 2625-XXV;

e. The right of colonized people to fight against their colonialists, and that colonialists, and that colonialism is considered an international crime - UN Resolution 2621-XXV;

f. The use of force is prohibited against those who seek their self-determination - UN Resolution 3314-XXIX;

g. Each colonial territory has a separate legal status from other colonial territories and each has the right to independence; this separate legal status cannot be annulled by colonialist decision to unify the administration of these territories like the Dutch did in Indonesia - UN Resolution 2625-XXV;

h. And finally, all peoples have the right to self-determination and independence under the Charter of the United Nations -Article 1, Paragraphs 2 and 55; under the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Peoples, Articles 5, 6, and 11; under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, under International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

According to all these rules and procedures which are bein relentlessly executed in all ex-colonial territories except in the Dutch East Indies.


1"The Legal Status of Acheh-Sumatra Under Internatioal Law" issued By ASNLF, Nov. 2, 1980, Dec. 1, 1999. New York