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By William Twining

A simply foreign order and a fit cosmopolitan self-discipline of legislation have to contain views that take account of the standpoints, pursuits, matters and ideology of non-Western humans and traditions. The dominant scholarly and activist discourses approximately human rights have constructed principally regardless of those different viewpoints. Claims approximately universality sit down uneasily with lack of knowledge of alternative traditions and parochial or ethnocentric developments. the thing of the booklet is to make available the tips of 4 jurists who current specified 'Southern' views on human rights.

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Despite an obvious racial and cultural mixture in their features and characteristics, each group sees itself as pure and scorns other groups. Colonialism brought the various groups together within the modern state but kept them apart and introduced modernization selectively and discriminatingly, especially between the North and the South. In the South, limited social services in the fields of education and health care were provided through the Christian missionaries, whose primary objective was proselytization.

Let them speak about cultivating crops. Crops provide food as well as products for sale … to provide cash which can be used for developing the country … Diseases are on the increase. There is a disease called kalazaar which is killing people and a disease which causes headaches … diseases which did not exist at the time of our grandfathers. And what brought them? It is because those foreigners came and other foreigners came and people intermingled. All the diseases which were absent are now amidst us.

28 Human Rights: Southern Voices accrues from status. As Chief Ayeny Aleu conveys, the father’s function is increasingly becoming viewed as one of helping his child through education to acquire the necessary skills to stand on his own feet and make his independent wealth. “I have a son in Rumbek Secondary School. I told him, ‘In case it ever enters your head to say, “My father has wealth,” let me tell you, they are not your cattle; these are my cattle. If you do not make your own wealth, and become a man by your strength, I am not near you; we are not to be relatives.

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