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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They strongly backed the ongoing struggle of Kashmiri people for the right to self-determination and vowed to continue their moral support to oppressed Kashmiri people against the India forces atrocities upon them.
Pakistan shall continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realization of the right to self-determination and the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions," Zakaria said.
The Saharawi people have the right to self-determination," Mr.
149) While this may be an extreme and oversimplified view, it nevertheless highlights several important concerns in respect of an Indigenous right to self-determination, viz, the extent to which the juridification of Indigenous self-determination develops in response to state concerns while disregarding Indigenous ones, keeps power in the hands of states, and allows for the ongoing domination of Indigenous peoples.
Thus, looking at it from a wider Arab perspective, and according to the principle we wish to propose, the Palestinian Arabs' right to self-determination might be constrained in its application by the fact that there are more than 20 Arab states already in existence.
In 1993, the Vienna Declaration (World Conference on Human Rights) reinforced the right to self-determination.
By declaring themselves a state based on all that body of international law, the Palestinians could always challenge the legality of unfavorable intervening agreements, such as the Camp David Accords, which annulled their right to self-determination.
We support the Mohawk peoples' right to self-determination if democratically chosen; we do not believe this is the direction the Mohawk people should go; it is not a direction that, in our opinion, advances the cause of social justice.
Included in each individual's right to self-determination is the right to accept or reject medical treatments.
Independence, particularly the right to self-determination, is perhaps the most important concept for individuals with severe disabilities.
Puerto Rico's right to self-determination is overwhelmingly supported by Hispanic organizations nationwide, scores of whom have allied together as the "Hispanic Coalition for Puerto Rican Self-Determination".
LAHORE -- The Punjab Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution unanimously, expressing solidarity with Kashmiris fighting for their right to self-determination as per UN resolutions.