Lecture in Girona on the Universal Right of Self-Determination of Peoples


Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT

 OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS

 RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE

OF THE UNIVERSAL RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES

Introduction: The “right of self-determination of peoples”, hereinafter the “right of self-determination”, is a fundamental right protected at the highest level by the international legal order. It is enshrined in the first article of the Charter of the United Nations, the founding treaty of the Organization, and in other international legal instruments, including the UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is considered “jus cogens”, that is, fundamental norm of superior hierarchical rank, standing above any contradictory legal provision which would become automatically null, in accordance with the Charter and with Article 53 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

 

It is therefore a direct and legally binding right applicable to all United Nations Member States…

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2 thoughts on “Lecture in Girona on the Universal Right of Self-Determination of Peoples

    1. Hello Rosaliene,

      In the same sense as there’s truth in “build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”, the more just and equal world yourself and … well, everybody on Earth wishes for is possible through articulation of better ideas (mousetraps 🙂 ). In Professor deZayas’ lecture, he makes clear and articulates beyond doubt the best ideas for international law thus far created in human history. One can only imagine how many around the world are even aware such a set of international rules exist, probably a low percentage, so spreading the message is a non-strenuous, easy action which raises awareness, and shortens the number of days until good human ideals are realized.

      Peace.

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