Economic self determination has been maligned as a “poor cousin” topolitical self determination. Yet in Africa especially, this is not the situation.The old struggle against imperialism and colonialism has been supersededby neocolonialism and post colonialism. The wealth and resources of Africastill enrich powerful outside interests while the people of Africa languish.The protectorate of Cabinda was born of the European scramble forcolonies, today the oil of Cabinda drives the economies of Europe and NorthAmerica, enriches the shareholders of Chevron, and makes it possible for thegovernment of Angola to maintain itself. The majority of Cabindans areimpoverished and unemployed. Cabinda is a metaphor for Africa andCabinda’s economic self determination matters to all who oppose injustice.1. Communication 328/2006 concerns itself with economic self determination in the territory of Cabinda and in particular the disposition andexploitation of onshore oil, mineral, and natural resources.2. This submission on the merits makes the case that the Commissionshould find cause to grant FLEC’s request and appoint a Special Rapporteuron the issue of Cabinda’s economic self determination and the disposition of onshore resources.3. FLEC contends that neutral fact finding is urgently needed as thesituation within Cabinda remains unstable and volatile as set forth in theupdate to the facts
4. The Complainant alleges that the Respondent State has violated theapplicable Articles 14, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24 of the African Charter inregards to its administration of the natural resources patrimony of Cabinda:5.
“The right to property shall be guaranteed. It may only be encroached uponin the interest of public need or in the general interest of the community andin accordance with the provisions of appropriate laws.”