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Tibet v. China – a middle way?

September 14, 2011

Tibet’s new political leader says he hopes the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will recognise that Tibet is occupied by China.

By Aletta Andre

The right of self-determination of peoples is a fundamental principle in international law, as embodied in the Charter of the United Nations.

Self-determination means the right for all peoples to determine their own economic, social and cultural development and has been defined by the ICJ (in the Western Sahara case) as: “The need to pay regard to the freely expressed will of peoples.” 


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