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Human rights and our national sovereignty

A monthly column by the Emmanuel Community: 46 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook.Tel:628-1064; emmancommtt@gmail.com

As we commemorate the 41st anniversary of our country becoming a republic, we reflect on the notion of sovereignty and on how we are coerced into surrendering that sovereignty to other powers.

When the United Nations was formed, one of the purposes was “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples…”  Paragraph 7 of Article 2 of the Charter indicates as one of the principles by which the organisation acts that “nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorise the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter;…”  The only exception to this was where action might be deemed necessary “to maintain or restore international peace and security”.

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