self-determination

  

Definition

Fundamental right of all people to freely decide own political status and to freely pursue own cultural, economic, and social development. The concept of self-determination was embodied first in the American Declaration Of Independence (1776) and then in the France's Declaration Of The Rights Of Man (1789). It is embodied also in the UN charter.

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  • American's have a strong sense of self-determination because it has been ingrained in their collective psyche because of the American Declaration of Independence which is taught in every school.

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  • Citizens of the United States have the power of self-determination, this empowers them to choose their own future and fate.

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  • While working in the mental health field, we assisted people in writing and carrying out their self-determination goals to the best of their ability.

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