In November 2015, Catalan lawmakers approved a secession plan from Spain by 2017. October 1 is the moment of truth, Catalans to vote by referendum on whether to remain part of Spain or secede, establishing an independent state.
Self-determination is a universal right. It’s a core principle of international law, enshrined in various treaties, affirmed in the UN Charter and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The following characteristics are necessary to qualify a nation-state status:
• a determinable territory, fixed or otherwise;
• a fixed population;
• a functioning government; and
• the capacity to engage in relations with other states.
Approval by the Security Council and General Assembly requires the following conditions. The aspirant must be a state, peace-loving, willing to accept the UN Charter’s obligations, be able toThis post was originally published on this site