@James Canning — I believe it is vital that we don’t get caught up in and focus too much on all the legal structures invented around colonialism. These structures are usually created by the colonisers to serve their own purposes and they are also ways to subdue and punish the colonised for any attempt to rebel.
Colonialism and settler-colonialism are primarily a house invasion, a brutal act of control, rape, theft and thuggery. They are the cause of incredible harm and suffering to the victims, often for generations. The colonised often also suffer from a lingering sense of injustice usually because the coloniser is much more powerful than their victims. They dictate not only the self-serving ‘legal’ reality but also the entire narrative about the experience.
Colonialism and settler-colonialism are a crime against humanity. Just like inside our societies house invasions, theft, assault, muggings, coercive control, etc. are criminal acts so should they also be in world affairs unequivocally and without ambiguity.