We want to Vote

ONU-375-blau-eng

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary General of the United Nations

New York

Dear Secretary General,

Greetings from Catalonia.

This is to inform you that millions of citizens in Catalonia, an old nation in Europe with our own language, culture and identity (at present an autonomous region with our own government and Legislative Assembly within the Kingdom of Spain), wish to have a referendum to enable our people to declare the possibility of Catalonia becoming a separate and independent state from the Kingdom of Spain.

A huge majority of political parties at the Parliament of Catalonia, representing 58% of votes taken from the latest democratic elections conducted in Catalonia, have expressed their wish to have a referendum on November 9th, 2014.

The Government of Spain has announced that they will not allow the celebration of a referendum in contradiction with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations as stated in Act 2200A (XXI) dated December 16th, 1966, signed by the Kingdom of Spain on September 26th, 1976, and made effective from April 27th, 1977.

However, as expressed by the International Court of Justice (opinion consulted on July 22nd, 2010), “during the second half of the twentieth century, as far as self-determination is concerned, the international view has evolved to create a right to independence when it benefits nations whose territories are not self-governing or those who are subjected, exploited and/or controlled by foreign powers. A high number of new states have been born as a result of exercising this right.”

Taking into consideration the above mentioned, we plead you respectfully address the Government of the Kingdom of Spain and request them to allow the celebration of this referendum called for November 9th, 2014.

Thank you for your attention.

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