Denial of right for a people to be self-determining
Among the most well known examples of denial of the right to national self-determination include: 25 million Kurds distributed among Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; the Palestinian people; Black South Africans; 150,000 Navajo living in the Big Mountain area of Arizona; Guatemala's Indians who make up nearly 60% of the population; Chile's 1 million Mapuche; the tribespeople of the Chittagong Hills in south-eastern Bangladesh; some 800,000 Melanesians of West Papua; 200,000 Aborigines of Australia; and some 15,000 Dene of Canada's Northwest Territories.
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