Article 1 of both, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, reads:
1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
This includes the exclusive right of the Syrian people to decide about their future, their government, and their alliences. In other words, Mr. Kerry, it’s none of your business.
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights– adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, entered into force on 23 March 1976.
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights– adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, entered into force on 3 January 1976.