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- DescriptionAmong the examples of civil wars, armed secessionist movements and mirity uprisings in the world today, many involve conflict between a mirity group's aim for political self-determination, and the nation state's resistance to any diminution of sovereignty. With the expansion of the international regime of human rights, mirity groups have reconceptualised their struggle with the understanding that a mirity which is linguistically, religiously or ethnically distinctive is entitled to self-determination if their aspirations cant be met. This book explores the relationship between mirity rights, self-determination and secession within international law, by contextualising these issues in a detailed case study of the rise of Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka. Welhengama and Pillay show how Tamil communalism hardened into secession and assess whether the Sri Lankan government has met its obligations with respect to the right to self-determination short of secession. Focusing on the legal and human rights arguments for secession by the Tamil community of the North and East of Sri Lanka, the book demonstrates how the language of international law and international human rights played a major role in the development of the arguments for secession. Through a close examination of the case of the Tamil's secessionist movement the book presents valuable insights into why modern nation states find themselves threatened by separatist claims and bids for independence based on ethnicity.
- Author BiographyG. Welhengama is now retired but was previously principle of the Liverpool Community College. He was a lawyer and judge in Sri Lanka and also stood as an MP for the Rajapaksha party in Sri Lanka, before teaching at Liverpool John Moores University in the Faculty of Law. Nirmala Pillay is senior lecturer in law at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
- Author(s)Gnanapala Welhengama,Nirmala Pillay
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication03/03/2016
- SubjectInternational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note5 black & white tables
- Weight498 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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