The Importance Of Human Rights In South Africa

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Human rights are one of the basic rights that people are born with regardless of their gender, race, religion, nationality, and social status. Nowadays, people take human rights as granted; however, history shows that human rights are earned instead of given. Many bloody and costly conflicts occurred in the past were actually caused by discriminations against race, religion and sex. Without being too sensitive about contentious topics, one has to admit the fact that Africans suffered the most from violations against humanity. Not only they were treated as slaves, but also their motherland was exploited. Early travelers from the Europe to Africa described Africans as a less free people (Byrnes, 18). Such disrespectful and barbarous thought gave …show more content…
The struggle for racial equality was long because the whites mainly dominated the government. And the Union of South Africa had rules and laws that were detrimental to the progress of the South Africans, such as only allowing whites to have skilled jobs in the mining industry. According to Strang, “ decolonization occurs more rapidly where metropolitan states incorporate more people as voters, and where dependencies possess representative institutions (Strang, 382).” The situation became worse because the Union of South Africa tried to separate people instead of uniting them. Decolonization was in disguise if only one group of white people was able to live a better life at the expense of other people who had different race. Two different parties opposing the Union of South Africa were formed after the formation of the Union of South Africa. The Afrikaners established National Party because they realized that they did not have capital and marketable skills. The black South African started African National Congress because they were discriminated and manipulated by the whites. Although both Afrikaners and South Africans initially opposed the Union of South Africa, the Afrikaners chose to side with the Union of South Africa out of fear of black competition for jobs (Byrnes, …show more content…
Following the leadership of the African National Congress, South Africa is the second largest GDP in Africa, and it is one of the BRICS countries. It is not only performing well economically, but also culturally. South Africa even held international events such as the World Cup in 2010, which signals that, the international community appreciates South Africa as an independent and strong country. Apart from the past, South Africa continues to thrive as an indispensible developing

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