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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.

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This movement epitomizes the early phases of anti-colonial struggles for national self-determination and unity when much of the Arab world, particularly east of the Mediterranean, was still under the control of the Ottoman Empire.
The Kurds have now embraced the idea that national self-determination implies that they can decide their own future in a voluntary federation as long as other groups in Iraq are willing to negotiate.
The conclusion is that the left overall lacks a developed analysis or political position acknowledging national self-determination, whether it is as nationals with sovereignty, or just substantive autonomy.
Mr McLaughlin said republicans remained fixed to the goal of national self-determination and a united Ireland, but ultimately that "will be a matter for the people of Ireland to decide".
While undeveloped, their black nationalism equates freedom with national self-determination. Thus, the reflexive, weak cultural nationalism of most of his urban protagonists is supplemented by a black nationalism that imagines the creation of a black national state as a solution to U.S.
In addition, they possess every internationally accepted attribute for national self-determination aside from effective territorial and political control over their patrimony.
entered the war in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the principle of national self-determination as one of the major issues of the conflict.
National self-determination is the single most important source of political legitimacy in contemporary political life.
ISLAMABAD -- At a packed venue in the Houses of Parliament,'Parliamentarians for National Self-Determination' (PNSD) hosted a Conference focusing on the right of self-determination and how that can be used to bring peace and justice to conflict zones.
The event is being organized by a forum of British members of parliament called Parliamentarians for National Self-Determination (PNSD) and will be chaired by Lord Nazir Ahmed.
On 2 December Customs Union demonstrated its true face, the leader of the Union for National Self-Determination
This study brings clear-headed analysis to the thorny problems associated with national self-determination. It's what drove decolonization and is a fundamental principle promoted by the United Nations.

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