The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee has unanimously passed a resolution supporting self-determination as a fundamental human right.
The resolution, tabled by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi, was passed by the UNGA’s Third Committee which deals with social humanitarian and cultural issues.
Tweeting after the vote whish aw a record number of 83 countries cosponsoring it, Dr Lodhi said,
“Co-sponsorship by 83 countries of Pakistan’s resolution on self-determination was reaffirmation of the international community’s continued support for people’s right to self-determination as a fundamental human right.”
The draft resolution, will now go up to the 193 member assembly for official endorsement next month.
Under the terms of the resolution the General Assembly would reaffirm the universal realisation of the rights of all peoples, including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination, to self-determination as a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights, reports Geonews.
Thanking the General Assembly’s commitment to “the right to self-determination for all occupied, oppressed and suffering people of the world,” Dr Lodhi added,
“The General Assembly’s consistent support tis commendable, as it reaffirms the continued relevance of the right to self-determination, and sends a strong message of support to peoples everywhere in the world who still find themselves subjugated and oppressed.”