If you have it , you might not know how it feels without it. The United Nations Resolution 1514 (XV) of December 14, 1960 describes "Self-Determination-Rights" as :
All peoples have the right to self-determination, by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
I sometimes feel very strange...How come some people want to decide for others.. Isn't this strange ? Someone said "If Kurds got their self-determination-rights" it would be a disaster for the whole Middle East, United Nations and the World and "if every nation got their self-determination-rights we will return to the Middle Ages"...
Now here is a question, Aren't we in the Middle Ages now where oppressors don't recognise "self-determination-rights" for others ?
Isn't oppression and denying others self-determination-rights are of the principles of the Middle Ages ? Yes they are !
DEFINITION OF SELF-DETERMINATION (for those who still live in the Middle Ages)
The right to self-determination is a fundamental principle of human rights law. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. (Basics of Self-Determination-Rights)
The International Court of Justice refers to the right to self-determination as a right held by people rather than a right held by governments alone. The two important United Nations studies on the right to self-determination set out factors of a people that give rise to possession of right to self-determination: a history of independence or self-rule in an identifiable territory, a distinct culture, and a will and capability to regain self-governance.
Now, since Kurds have a successful 13 years of self-rule and infact (independence) in an identifiable territory, and has a distinct culture and language (different from the rest of Iraq) , and has the capability to regain self-governance, aren't we living in the Middle Ages if we refused Kurds their self-determination-rights ?