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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Self-Determination: A Universal Right
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It's a fundamental principle under international law, regarded as jus cogens, a higher or compelling law.
Nations with constitutional or statute laws in violation of this principle are illegal – including Article 155 of Spain's constitution, authorizing Madrid to suspend Catalonia's autonomous status, blocking its declaration of independence, its self-determination.
People everywhere have the right to choose their sovereignty and political status with no outside interference.
In January 1918, during WW I, Woodrow Wilson said "(n)ational aspirations must be respected. People may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. 'Self determination' is not a mere phrase. It is an imperative principle of action."
The 1941 Atlantic Charter adopted by America, Britain and their allies during WW II affirmed
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