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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.
"The national independence of nations is seized through sacrifice, resistance, resolve and struggle," Barghouti wrote.
Summary: Rabat - HM the late Mohammed V and General Charles de Gaulle "were, for their peoples, liberators firmly attached to the values of national independence and solidarity, in respect for cultural identity and freedom," said French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Pun said the Maoists movement will now focus on safeguarding the "national independence" and resist foreign intervention.
They suggest that either we have to leave the European Union to retain our national independence or remain a member and become a dependant province governed from Brussels.
Therefore, this is a great point of concern especially as the national independence day of Pakistan is coming up.
Dear Editor, It is easy to understand the motivation of Scottish people, shared by many English, in demanding national independence, which is the result of disillusionment and frustration accumulated over years of mismanagement, neglect and general ineptitude of successive British governments.
is being redefined by the forces of globalization and international cooperation." In numerous other ways during his 10 years at the UN's highest post, Annan had indicated his disdain for national independence. This is the attitude Ban Ki-moon can be expected to follow.
It is the duty of the new generation youths to safeguard national independence and culture,'' the general said.

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