Self-Determination

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Self-Determination

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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Syed Ali Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said that India, despite being signatory to the UN resolutions guaranteeing right to self-determination to the Kashmiris, had squeezed the space for dissent in the occupied territory.
AJK Prime Minister appealed the international community to persuade India to stop gross human rights violations by the Indian troops in the occupied Kashmir and allow Kashmiris to exercise their internationally recognized right to self-determination.
The world forums, he added, were acknowledging the right to self-determination for nations and there was no room for thrusting any kind of choice on the nations seeking such right.
To stop Israeli crimes and to ensure the Palestinian right to self-determination is an international obligation, he concluded.
He appreciated Kashmiris for the long and continuous struggle for their right to self-determination, "The day is not far when they will get freedom from Indian clutches of slavery," he observed.
The Argentines should respect UN resolution 1514 giving all people the right to self-determination.
The Arab League's Secretary General was believed to have asserted that the so-called Saharawi people have to be allowed to exert their right to self-determination regarding the Sahara conflict.
There is a consensus among Kurds over the fact that it is legal and legitimate to have the right to self-determination," he said at the 10th Arab Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, held in Erbil by the Arab Atomic Energy Commission.
On Sunday, at the opening day of the conference of the Kurdish Democratic Party, Barzani said that the Kurds has the right to self-determination.
Summary: Geneva - Morocco's permanent representative to the UN office at Geneva said, on Tuesday, that autonomy is fully in line with international law and the right to self-determination.
Being part of the Arab nation as a whole, it may be argued that, with more than 20 sovereign states already in existence, the Arab people have already fulfilled their right to self-determination through the establishment of several independent states.
Mr Price's idea centres on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - effectively a UN charter which gives all nations the right to self-determination.