The Concept of People’ in The Principle of Self-Determination and its Implication for the United Nations

TitleThe Concept of People’ in The Principle of Self-Determination and its Implication for the United Nations
Publication TypeMonographs
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsSchoenberg HO
Abstract

The author concludes that new UN mechanisms are needed to evaluate self-determination movements so as to emphasize the twin values of peace and human rights -- 68 pages.

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Excerpts from the Dr . Schoenberg's Conclusions:
In this author's opinion, a group seeking self-determination that has been the victim of genocide and requires its own land just to survive merits the sympathy and support of the international community, while a group that would turn its desired homeland into a base for aggression, subversion, or international terrorism is not worthy of international support.

In order to implement UN Charter standards in evaluating self-determination movements, new structures or mechanisms may be needed. A possibility is to create under Article 29 of the Charter a new committee of the Security Council whose purpose would be both fact-finding and preventive diplomacy, so that tensions which could lead to armed conflicts over self-determination could be addressed before they erupted into violence. It might receive petitions, hold hearings, and resolve self-determination claims. If agreement could be achieved, it might also supervise the implementation of undertakings by new states to ensure democracy and live up to minority guarantees. (Excerpts taken from pages: 62-67 of Monograph 11)