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.

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Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that "the designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified".
The Saharawi people have the right to self-determination," Mr.
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. AaAaAa Ambassador Omar Hilale, who addressed the general debate on the follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action at the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, noted that autonomy was, in various situation of conflict, negotiated and implemented with the consent of the populations concerned, and with the endorsement of the UN.
The right to self-determination under ICESCR has several textual components: the right to political freedom; the right to economic and cultural development; the right to deal with natural resources related to the "people's" identity and location; and the right to not be deprived of the means of sustenance.
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.
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.
He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people's basic right to self-determination: the right to form government as per people's aspirations free from foreign interference.
'Right to self-determination is mother of all the rights and is one of the basic principles of human rights and dignity.
Speaking in a debate on right to self-determination, she reaffirmed Pakistan's support to the Kashmiri people until they exercise that right through a UN-supervised plebiscite.
Shireen Mazari maintained that the Kashmir issue is the question of right to self-determination adding that International conventions guarantee the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people.
ISLAMABAD:The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in Indian occupied Kashmir has regretted the role of British government in facilitating the Indian military by resorting to delaying tactics in implementing the right to self-determination as the only democratic and peaceful formula for the permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute.