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Self-Determination, Right Of

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Self-determination has become of relevance for international law, partially arising from the so-called Fourteen Points of US President Wilson as presented to the drafters of the Paris Peace Treaties following World War I. The inclusion of the right to self-determination in the two UN Human Rights Covenants supplemented the international customary law character by treaty law. The holders of the right of self-determination are the peoples. States do not need any recourse to that right because are sovereign. According to Article 1 of the Human Rights Covenants, all peoples are holders of the right to self-determination. There is a strong tendency among the community of states to reduce the content of the norm of self-determination in its internal aspect.

Keywords: customary law; International Law; Security Council; self-determination; UN General Assembly; UN Human Rights Covenants



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