self-determination is often seen as a moral and legal right that every nation is entitled to a sovereign territorial state, and that every specifically identifiable population should choose which state it belongs to, often by plebiscite. It is commonly used to justify the aspirations of an ethnic group that self-identifies as a nation toward forming an independent sovereign state, but it equally grants the right to reject sovereignty and join a larger multi-ethnic state.
Self determination gave rise to decolonization/independence movements in Asia and Africa. Resource Wikipedia.org
by jumil August 19, 2007