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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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Sacred Circle, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the Office of the NIAB represent the beginnings of the structure for a self-determining Indigenous church.
The fact that you are momentarily incapable of exercising your self-determining agency does not undermine your right to decide what happens to you.
(People could, after all, be manipulated into identifying with an irrational, unfree social world, and dissatisfied people could fail to identify with what is otherwise a completely rational setup.) "Objective" freedom on this view would thus be the real embodiment of freedom (not just the "possibility" of freedom's being actualized); as such it would be a holistic property belonging not to individuals themselves but to a system of institutions that as a whole is self-determining. Such a "whole" has the realization of freedom as its dominant end, which it can in turn achieve only by constituting a harmony among its individual members, not by erasing their individuality or expunging their own individual freedom.
To be a self-determining individual, she argues, is to be conceived as a human, a person deserving the rights accorded to all persons equally under human rights law and practice.
(Though Winfield does not, I use scare quotations around "givers," for "givers" are things that a respectable self-determining philosopher wants to overcome dialectically.
Table 1 Equity Principles Under Various Recovery Systems Tort Equity Rate Equity Traditional Tort Yes No Tort Favoring Yes Variant (Kentucky) Self-Determining Yes Yes (New Jersey/ Pennsylvania) No-Fault Favoring Variant Yes (O'Connell, Joost) Mandatory No-Fault No Yes
Indigenous Anglican leaders have also been discussing the long-term funding of the self-determining Indigenous church, MacDonald said, particularly in northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan.
For self-consciousness to be actual, the fabric of events must accommodate the presence of selves that are self-determining. Instead of being at one with itself in confronting a world of blind mechanism, self-consciousness must be ratified in an objectivity in which its own spontaneity is manifest.
Arian concluded that while Fayyad "might be doing his best to establish a viable self-determining Palestinian state," it seems as if the peace process will once again remain in limbo, and will be delayed for another four or five years.
Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1969, The East organization was begun as "a self-determining cultural and educational organization for African and African-descended people." In this volume, the second edition of a work originally published as Truth Crushed to the Earth Shall Rise Again, Konadu (history, City U.
Saudi Arabia has said it will not normalize ties with Israel until the latter withdraws to pre-1967 borders, freezes settlements, and establishes a free and self-determining Palestinian state, AL AHRAM reported Monday.
Although it apparently hovers like some alien craft, attached umbilically to its great hooped home station, it is self-sufficient, self-determining, built of reusable materials.