All over the world, leaders tend to abuse their powers, forgetting those that helped
them get to the top. They abuse their political power to extract and accumulate for private
enrichment, and use politically corrupt means to maintain their hold on power. They do not
even stray to torture, violate, imprison, or kill their innocent people. And that causes them
to ignore the laws and their terms. They do not even think about people’s social issues,
poverty, hunger, unemployment, and so on. They corrupt government’s and people’s
properties. That is why most of the countries are getting poor, ongoing hunger, wars, and
crimes in many countries. World leaders’ abuses of power have negative effects on their
government and on their population; therefore, they should be stopped.
This is not only the world leaders’ abuses of power, there were many of them in the
past. The abuses of power will not stop until the world leaders will not count them as
responsible people for their populations’ rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and
so on. If we look back, we see that world’s most known leaders abused their presidential
power. “When one considers all that occurred during the very turbulent period of the
American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln is usually considered to be a hero. Like
almost every president who preceded him, Lincoln's actions at the time were somewhat
controversial. Some of his most controversial decisions might actually be considered now to
be abuses of the Presidential power. During his terms as president, he suspended the Writ
of Habeas Corpus, and upheld the Declaration of Independence above the Constitution”
(Brian Pulito). Many people remember him as a president who abused his presidential
power. By ignoring the rights of judicial and legislative branches of the government
president Lincoln abused power of presidency.
There are lots of world leaders who abuse their power. The statistics show that lots of
world leaders abuse their power. “Each year, the U.S. State Department issues a report on
some 190 countries of the world, analyzing each country's commitment to human rights.
These countries are considered the worst offenders. 1. North Korea 2. Myanmar 3. Iran 4.
Syria 5. Zimbabwe 6. Cuba 7. Belarus 8. Uzbekistan 9. Eritrea 10. Sudan. According to
Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org ), the use of torture was documented in the following
countries in 2004 and 2005: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco,
Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, and Uzbekistan”
Global Trends in Freedom
under Free free Not free
review countries countries countries
1976 42 (26%) 49 (31%) 68 (43%)
1986 57 (34%) 57 (34%) 53 (32%)
1996 79 (41%) 59 (31%) 53 (28%)
2006 90 (47%) 58 (30%) 45 (23%)
2007 90 (47%) 60 (31%) 43 (22%)
These statistics show us how world’s known countries’ leaders abuse their power. They use
tortures and oppressions for their population.
Willing to make their people as slaves world leaders abuses their power. The leaders
want to make their people as their properties. By making their people slaves, leaders take
their rights of living free. No one has right to go against their leaders’ regime. The leaders
suppress downs their people’s dissidence toward their regime. They do not care about their
people’s hunger, poverty, inflation, unemployment, social fairness. No world leaders can
make their people slaves. “No one shall be held in slavery; slavery and the slave-trade in all
their forms shall be prohibited.” (http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cpr.html).
Almost all dictator presidents want to spend their whole life on presidency. They
ignore the terms and constitution. They do not care about fair and democratic elections. They
simply get rid of the candidates or the people who go against their regime or opposition
parties. They kill those people or put them in jails. We have heard that in small countries
thousands or tens of thousands politicians have been imprisoned. ”"We've been following
political repression in Uzbekistan for many years, but we've never seen anything as
extensive as the crackdown post-Andijan," said Holly Cartner, HRW's Europe and Central
Asia director.” (Jim Lobe). President Karimov is a former Communist who has a personality
with wild humanity. He does not care about his population under his regime. He uses unfair
power to establish a law for the country. Now his unfairness came to brutally suppressed
political parties and religious freedom and maintain rules with his iron fist.
One of the causes of abuses of power is selfishness. World leaders who abuse the
presidential power think only their selves or their families. Hunger, poverty, unemployment,
or social unfairness of their people means nothing for them. There are many problems
connected all badly governed democracies: pervasive corruption, cronyism, clientelism, and
abuse of power. The problems make the country worse than ever and collapse it. To make
the country better off, the government should change its political and humanitarian point of
view. They have to establish positive human rights rather than destroying and abusing them.
They also have to bring useful resources to the population to live better.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the
United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States."” (US Constitution).
The second effect of leaders’ abuse of power on the government is dictatorship.
Dictatorial regime exists in many badly governed countries. There are no restrictions on their
ruling the policies. The main goal of the world dictators is to consolidate political, economic,
and social power in their hands. They have absolute control over the military and all the
forces. It can be used anytime, anywhere, and to anybody.
It is not easy for us to know what it means to live without freedom. We know that
living without freedom is not having our own rights, no freedom of speech, and no freedom
of religion. These all are causes of our presidents’ abuses of power. Instead of using
democratic system, they use a brilliant system at making people complicit with the
unfreedom. They force you to live with no freedom. They massacre, torture, imprison, kill, or
keep you under the pressure all the time. “In Egypt, those who criticize the government can
wind up in jail. While no one is allowed to criticize the regimes, the regimes are free to
criticize whomever they want.” (Michael W. Lynch).
When world leaders abuse their power, they use tortures and oppressions. They
torture and oppress their people in different ways. Let us first check what “torture and
oppression” means. Torture and oppression are “to describe harmful acts carried out by a
government through agencies such as law enforcement officers, or Military against their
own people.” (http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Police_oppression). The dictator leaders’
abuses of power cause harmful tortures and oppressions on their innocent people. On the
other hand, dictator leaders and their military forces say that they use torture and
oppression as a punishment. However, unusual punishment to innocent people is torture.
“Cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” (US Constitution).
To stop the world leaders’ abuses of power, they should be prevented. All their
people’s rights should be protected. Everybody was born free in this world, and they all
should live free. There are two ways to prevent the world leaders’ abuses of power.
First, their rights to govern over their population should be limited. All their
population should be equal. The world leaders are not governments.
Second, all the world leaders should follow up their constitutions. They should
serve as presidents during their terms. There should not be any reason to break the
policy. They should have fair and true elections. No one is allowed to govern their
people illegally. No leaders can take possession over their people’s liberty, right,
property. “All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination
to the equal protection of the law. In this respect, the law shall prohibit any discrimination
and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any
ground such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or
social origin, property, birth or other status.” (Article 26).
All over the world, leaders tend to abuse their powers, forgetting those that helped
them get to the top. There are negative effects on their government and their population of
world leaders’ abuses of power; therefore, they should be stopped.