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By William Twining

A simply overseas order and a fit cosmopolitan self-discipline of legislations have to comprise views that take account of the standpoints, pursuits, issues and ideology of non-Western humans and traditions. The dominant scholarly and activist discourses approximately human rights have constructed mostly regardless of those different viewpoints. Claims approximately universality sit down uneasily with lack of knowledge of alternative traditions and parochial or ethnocentric developments. the article of the e-book is to make obtainable the information of 4 jurists who current distinctive 'Southern' views on human rights.

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If a divorce should occur, unless the marriage has been stabilized through children (in which case divorce is even less conceivable), bridewealth cattle and their offspring must be returned. Since some of them would have been passed on for the bridewealths of other relatives, one divorce could threaten other marriages. 22 The distribution system inherent in the institution of bridewealth gives the Dinka a sense of collective ownership of cattle so that despite differences of wealth, distinctions are minimized.

53 Ibid. , p. 204. 29 Francis Mading Deng The civil war that has raged intermittently in southern Sudan for over four decades has devastated the country and resulted in one of the worst humanitarian tragedies and indignities of modern times. To the world, the Dinka are now known not for their cattlewealth, cultural pride and general self-esteem, but rather for their destitution, starvation and even the indignity of slavery. In response, the Dinka not only yearn for peace and security but have become keenly aware of the need to improve their lot and try to engage in development, previously alien to their culture, but now voiced with an almost obsessive sense of purpose.

Kinship obligations, especially those connected with sharing in the bridewealth of a relative, can be traced and pursued through generations. Claiming compensation for homicide, bodily injuries, sexual offenses (adultery, pregnancy and abduction), injury to reputation and many other causes, is a frequent source of litigation and, as such, a source of redistribution. The Dinka are indeed a very litigious people. 23 The values of cieng and dheeng, which promote social consciousness and solidarity, also foster reciprocal relationships that bridge economic disparities.

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