Former Catalonian MP recalls that self-determination it is linked to phenomena of decolonization.
The former deputy, former secretary general of ERC and professor of Constitutional Law Joan Ridao, has stated that “the path of self-determination is doomed to failure, as is the issue of unilateralism” and has recalled that the right to self-determination is “linked to decolonization phenomena “in which Catalonia does not appear. Ridao, in an interview published this Saturday in El Punt Avui, also points out that unilateralism and the right to self-determination have “a difficult fit in international organizations.”
“The right to self-determination comes up against the fact that many experts in international law conceive it as linked to decolonization phenomena, and Catalonia does not appear on the list of states to decolonize that the United Nations has authorized to carry out, such as, for example, the case of the Sahara. And therefore it is a debate doomed to frustration “, the jurist pointed out in the interview.
The professor of Constitutional Law also recalls that Scotland and Quebec do not appeal to the right to self-determination to claim independence, but to the “democratic principle in a state where the demographic weight of a population group does not allow for major constitutional changes or constitutional reforms” . “The path of self-determination is doomed to failure, as is the issue of one-sidedness,” he explains.