Cattle Rustling Is Part of Human Right Violations - Minister

Thousands of people gathered at Rumbek Freedom Square in Lakes State to celebrate the International Human Right Day in a ceremony attended by state government officials and various schools as well UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) representatives.

By Gabriel Mayom

RUMBEK, 11 December 2012 [Gurtong] –Lakes State Minister of Rural Development, Daniel Chol Koknyin delivered a speech where he criticised the cattle raider’s activities in the state. He mentioned that cattle rustling in also part of human right violations in Lakes State.

 “Now from those who raid cattle killing themselves over cattle – what independence will they get from these? The blood of people who lost their life will cast the people who are against human right, I would like to remind you that there is a long way to go – we are not fully free from diseases – we are also not free others and our internal conflict and that we better to united ourselves and fight this enemies and wait for the challenges,” he said.

Recently, Lakes state had inter-states cattle rustling with Warrap state and Unity state where close to 80 people were killed.

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.

The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded.

Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organisations.

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