September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to... ...[read more]
May 12, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The office of Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that it does not wish to annex eastern Ukraine where "self-rule" referendums have overwhelmingly supported secession, but called on the Kiev government to open dialogue with the separatists. The referendums, organized by pro-Russian ...[read more]
November 3, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Kosovo on Sunday held its first elections for mayors and local councilors since the country's secession from Serbia. The elections, facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), are mandated by the countries' 19 April Agreement, which requires active Serb particip... ...[read more]
December 20, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 20, 1860, South Carolina passed an ordinance of secession, becoming the first state to formally secede from the US. The ordinance was fully ratified on December 24, 1860. The remaining twelve states to secede all did so within the year 1861, beginning with five in January 1861. South ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was formally recognized as an independent country, becoming the world's 193rd nation. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who had opposed the secession, issued a formal decree accepting the result of a February voter referendum demanding the nation's ...[read more]
February 18, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 18, 2008, the US and several major European Union (EU) countries recognized Kosovo, one day after the Assembly of Kosovo declared the country's independence from Serbia. Serbia immediately decried the secession as illegal and sought a ruling from the UN's International Court of Justice ...[read more]
January 22, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On January 22, 2011, a commanding percentage of voters in Southern Sudan's Independence Referendum voted in favor of secession an electoral action that proposed splitting Southern Sudan from the North. The vote followed a December 2009 agreement between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP... ...[read more]
July 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 22, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia did not violate international law. Serbia had argued that UN Resolution 1244, which ended the war in Kosovo, solidified the country's boundaries, which included the southern ...[read more]
April 26, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 26, 2010, Taiwan and China signed a landmark judicial cooperation agreement under which each side agreed to help repatriate suspected criminals. Although the transfers of almost 40,000 criminals and suspects have been facilitated between China and Taiwan through non-governmental agencies, ...[read more]
April 1, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday ruled 10-6 that it lacks jurisdiction in a case to determine whether Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two areas of Georgia in the 1990s. The ICJ began hearings on the case after Russia challenged the court's ...[read more]

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