Which Regions Are Fighting For Independence? Part 2
With the U.S. celebrating independence, we wanted to take a look at which regions are seeking statehood. What groups want to be independent?
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3 Regions That Are Seeking Independence Palestine: Perhaps the most divisive place in the world, in terms of international diplomacy. What exactly Palestine "is" depends on who you ask and where. Its never been officially recognized as a sovereign state and currently exists as an "occupied territory." Years of war and tension and with Israel show no sign of ending. Palestinians remain largely divided on their goals, government structure, and borders for their state. Still, more and more countries are officially recognizing the State of Palestine and it currently holds a seat in the UN as a non-member observer state. This could be a sign of where Palestine is heading.
Tibet: Formally, it's an "autonomous region" within the People's Republic of China. Tibet has maintained a distinct cultural identity and a commitment to pursuing independent statehood. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, remains in perpetual exile by China, claiming he attempted to incite independent movements.
Kurdistan: Today, Kurdistan stretches across parts of Iran, Turkey, and Syria. The Kurds are a strong and vocal ethnic group that has been pushing for full independent statehood for more than 50 years. However, war and broken ceasefires have derailed all efforts to achieve this. That said, Kurdish fighters have gained a great deal of international appreciation for fighting against ISIS, which might renew talks around statehood.
The long wait for Tibetan freedom (america.aljazeera.com)
"On March 17, 1959, the Dalai Lama and his government fled Tibet into exile, after a 12-day uprising against Chinese rule in Lhasa, Tibet's capital."
General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer State status at UN (un.org)
"The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution."
Ever closer to independence (economist.com)
"They are questions that no politician can avoid in what the international lexicon calls the Kurdish Region of Iraq."