May 2014

Volume 3, Issue 2

Article

The Right of Political Self-determination and Shifting in the Principle of Non-interference

International interest in the promotion of political rights, elimination of dictatorships and support of democratic governance is growing. In international law this interest is manifested in international conventions and practices that devote attention to the right of political self-determination. For example, in 1994 the United Nations Security Council issued Resolution No. 940 calling for support of the Haitian people’s right of political self-determination. The world recently witnessed the movement known as the Arab Spring, and many countries and regional organizations have supported efforts to end slavery and construct good governance tools across the globe. The right of political self-determination has become an integral part of global legal discourse because it is consistent with the ideology of modern international law which gives primacy to individuals. There is no doubt that this right needs international support because dictatorial governments do not recognise this right and expose their people to suppression and international crimes.

However, international support of this right can conflict with one of the most important legal principles, that of non-interference. The last period of many strikes began to undermine the principle of non-interference, and this legal clash brought the world’s attention to human rights, including the right to political self-determination. In this paper I study and analyse evidence of the right to political self-determination in international law and interventions that promote it within the legal framework. Then I attempt to encourage the transformation of the sovereignty and the principle of non-interference from an absolute to a relative concept, which would permit violating this principle in order to respect other rights granted by international law, in particular the right to political self-determination.

Yahya Alshammari

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