The Right of Self-Determination: A Time for Reinvention and Renewal

  • Nihal Jayawickrama


If the sixteenth century generated an awareness of the diverse nature of the human race; if the seventeenth century ushered in the revival of art and literature; if the eighteenth century was the age of new ideas, of reason and individualism; if the nineteenth century gave birth to modern science and technology; then the twentieth century will surely be remembered for the conquest of space, the emergence of Madonna, and, not least, for the universal recognition of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In fact, it was the mid-twentieth century that witnessed the beginnings of an international concern for the protection of human rights. Now, barely forty years later, an elaborate regime of international human rights law exists, with multilateral treaties that define the content of human rights, and international institutions to which individuals have recourse against the acts and omissions of their own governments.


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