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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People can embrace self-determination and also uphold democracy and national unity, which are not anti-theses of self-determination.
In a recent meeting held in London representatives of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front led by Minni Minnawi, SPLM-N al-Huli and NUP agreed that "the right of self-determination guaranteed by international conventions does not mean secession.
Self-determination will not be realized in governance structures or in canon law, though these may be servants of it.
All Sri Lankans, not just the Sinhalese, but Muslims as well as many Tamils who are constantly led to difficult situations on account of the TNA's insistence on self-determination for the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka, would like the TNA to disambiguate the word "self-determination" as this phrase could mean many things to many people, and it could (as it has) give rise to suspicion that there are ulterior motives behind this insistence, and that the welfare of the Tamil community is not the real reason for this insistence.
As a rule, territorial integrity prevails where self-determination has the effect of altering the boundaries of the state in which the group lives.
Research has begun to explore specific individual and environmental factors that affect self-determination (Carter, Trainor, Owens, Sweden, & Sun, 2010; Lee et al.
Many sections of the book provide a topical review of theory and ICJ case law so as to provide a stand-alone reference for research or for teaching sections of a course on self-determination or international law.
All the reasons provided to justify self-determination including the religious, sectarian, or ethnic differences, become void when it comes to preserving the interests of the major countries.
Democracy needs no promotion; self-determination is essential for good governance; EU may be model for new regional goverments
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.
INTRODUCTION: THE TENSION BETWEEN SELF-DETERMINATION AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY COMPLICATES WHETHER AN OPPRESSED PEOPLE MAY SECEDE