If a country is sanctioned by the United Nations (U.N.) because of human rights violations, generally there is economic repercussions that nation will endure. After a prolonged period of sanctions the citizens will suffer a lower standard of living. The morale of the populace disintegrates affecting productivity and produces a dismal outlook for the future. The leadership of a nation that is being quarantined financially will have positioned himself on an island of fear extracting and raping his own citizens through oppressive taxation to feed his greed and power. Leadership like this will live in constant fear of a coup and the loss of his own life. It is unthinkable why a person would desire to live in such self-inflicted turmoil when they can change their policy and treat the citizens with dignity, respect, and honor, and dissolve the tension. Instead of going down in infamy, they could rise and become a champion of the people that is long remembered as a hero.
Leadership must remind themselves of their own constitutions along with the U.N. Charter on Human Rights. As leaders we must understand that if we treat others the way we want to be treated, it is like sowing a seed and receiving a harvest. When I treat a person like they have value, I have deposited a seed of worth inside of them. Eventually it will grow and then they will respond in kind.
It may sound overly simple but leadership should ask themselves “if I was a citizen living under the way I am ruling – would it be the way I would want to be treated?” If it is not, then you have the power to change it. Wouldn’t you rather have people have a favorable opinion of your leadership than a negative one? Wouldn’t you receive more cooperation from them as citizens and all be benefited? Some things to ponder that are worthwhile.
Below is excerpts from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There is much more but this wets our appetite to understand the basic value for human life is a universal belief. This is not speaking to nations that boast themselves as one religion or another. It is the common core of who we are. Let’s embrace it – let’s end the unnecessary suffering and turn loose the potential that is in each citizen.
All highlights or italicized are mine.
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Articles one through four:
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
- Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
I would encourage all leaders to look at the following link to view all thirty articles on Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/