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Slovenia at ICJ: Self-determination ‘fundamental’ right for all

Slovenia has argued in favour of the ICJ giving an advisory opinion and stressed the Israeli occupation breaches fundamental human rights, including the right to self-determination.

Here’s what its representative said:

  • The need for negotiations is not a compelling reason for the court to decline giving an advisory opinion. On the contrary, negotiations can only achieve a lasting solution on the basis of the court’s legal directives.
  • A Palestinian state must exist alongside an Israeli state and Slovenia reiterates its support for a negotiated two-state solution.
    The right to self-determination is not “some random right” but runs parallel to the equal rights of people. It is a “fundamental human right having a broad scope of application”.
  • The people of Slovenia were able to establish their own sovereign and independent state and believe this right to be an “indispensable pillar of the international legal order”.
  • The ongoing Israeli occupation is an impediment to the right to self-determination and the establishment of the Palestinian state.

Source: Al Jazeera