Right to Self-Determination Essay

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Does everyone have the right to choose their own destiny? I firmly believe the answer to this question is yes. Concerning a community, do they have the same right of choice? The importance of the question lay in the right of choice. In practice, the possible right of choice of a community or outcome of self-determination often determines responses of a government. Even though, self-determination is an international law and right of process that belongs to the people and not to states or governments, this is being ignored by Colombia’s government, who firmly decided not to listen to the claim of the people, who struggle for political, economical, cultural, and social autonomy. The Raizal people of San Andres Island have the right of …show more content…
The first transform perception, tradition, and language of the people. For example, the islanders, who by custom speak no other language but English-Creole and read English, are facing the fact that the predominant language had changed to Spanish. The laws are written in Spanish and there are few public employees who speak English. Therefore, our islanders are losing their lands and they are confined to their home, to their neighborhood. The music and dances are also disappearing. This fact –loss of the language and custom- create discontent atmosphere among the elder and a despairing environment for the young people.

The second kind of nationalism, civic, derives political legitimacy and it is being used by Colombians leaders in a very subtle manner. Due to the fact that our leaders are elected democratically, they don’t have influence or power on the decisions made about the island. Case in point, the island had been recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and Marine Protected Area (MPA). Political leaders should protect it; to the contrary, the central government has proposed and approved blocks for oil exploration. Once again, the government’s decision is not taking into consideration the people of the region and their needs. Meanwhile environmental decisions, that will enrich no islanders population, are taking, islander are facing internal pressure, tension and…

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