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The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

See: discretion, freedom, home rule, liberty
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Britain has given up its own national independence and sovereignty without a struggle.
We have to build peace in our minds in order to find it in our life," he said, affirming resolve to pursue the quest for freedom, social justice and national independence.
America's National Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.
WAFA called the change a "unique new move on the path of national independence.
The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported that the presidential resoluti9on comes as an "embodiment of the UN resolution which uplifted the status of Palestine to a UN-nonmember observer state last November which empowers the State of Palestine to boost its jurisdiction on the Palestinian people and the sovereignty of its territories as step on the road to full national independence of the State of Palestinian whose capital city should be the holy city of Al-Quds.
Among the topics are ethnic minorities and the struggle for national independence in Laos, narrating Viet Nam, the Philippine experience of the Second World War, and traumatic experiences among wives of former political prisoners of the "1965 Event" in Indonesia.
In spite of the strong winds, the Indonesian crew members celebrated their National Independence Day (from the Netherlands) with various games on the terminal landing stage, including tug o' war and sack races.
NAM's purpose, as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979, is to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries.
The president said that the issues of security, defense and the development of the country should be the priority for the government of Venezuela within the frames of the national independence provision.
for the holiday, representing Massachusetts in the National Independence Day Parade.
In the treatise, Kim Jong Un said Kim IL Sung raised the Juche (self-reliance) idea, had ingeniously combined the socialist cause with national independence and ushered in a new Juche revolution era.
The committee was set up in 1975 by the General Assembly to enable the Palestinians to exercise their rights to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty and to return to their homes and property from which they were displaced.

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