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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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25) Whoever has the power to control the population, territory, and borders has the right to claim sovereignty and sovereign rights.
Borrero, a leader of the United Confederacy of Taino People, argues that, rather than deriving from an exclusionary, nationalistic posture, Taino self/community identification is about affirming the very indigeneity of most Puerto Ricans, irrespective of blood quantum--and guaranteeing the sovereign rights inherent in such claims.
Giving up our sovereign rights during a time of war is foolhardy and irresponsible.
The convention recognises the legitimate political, security, economic and trade interests of countries in the international trade in conventional weapons, and emphasises the sovereign right of each state to regulate and control conventional weapons within its territory in accordance with their legal or constitutional systems.
The United States can assert that its right to self-protection trumps the sovereign rights of Pakistan if that nation is harboring an enemy, such as Al Qaeda, that has attacked the U.
It only serves to punish the Board for exercising its sovereign right to decide whether an inmate is or is not suitable for release on parole.
It has rejected calls by Foreign Secretary Mr Robin Cook to abandon the death penalty on human rights grounds, saying the penalty is a sovereign right.
MEPs condemned Turkey's 'maritime survey' activities as encroaching upon the Republic of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone and its sovereign right to explore the natural resources within it, in a resolution voted on Thursday," according to a written statement released by the EP.
Matviyenko noted that the country has sovereign right to make independent decisions about its possible involvement.
BNA) -- A leading French strategist and geo-political researcher yesterday backed Bahrain's sovereign right to defend itself against the scourge of terror which is threatening its security and stability.
We ask that the UK respect Ecuadors sovereign right to deliver a decision of its own making on Julian Assanges asylum bid," it added.
BEIJING - Japan's concerns over Chinese activities at disputed gas fields in the East China Sea are unnecessary as they fall within Beijing's sovereign right, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.