The right of a nation to determine its political future is inalienable. The United Nations’ Charter is unequivocal. The theme is further developed in the resolutions of the General Assembly of the UN on decolonisation. In political terms, however, this position has been contested by Argentina (in relation to the Falklands) and Spain (in relation to Gibraltar). It is time to bust the myth that a sovereignty dispute over a territory can exclude the application of a fundamental human right to the people of the territory. The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo MP sets out to deconstruct the arguments in legal, political and – perhaps most importantly – in human terms.
Picardo is a lawyer and leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party. In December 2011, he was elected Chief Minister of Gibraltar.