The sovereignty of a country is such a noble aspect that allows the country to independently determine how it governs within the framework of democracy, communism or even under a dictatorship.
But the current status quo demonstrates some drawbacks in the name of sovereignty, wherein the leaders and politicians who get involved in corruption are safeguarded. The existing laws are violated by them openly, and justice seems not universally affecting them. This is a rampant issue, especially in developing countries where ruling politicians are becoming instant millionaires by siphoning the nation’s wealth.
While USA and Europe stand as successful democracies, many other developing countries have failed to reap the fruits of true democracy if the meaning of such is to enhance the human life, stand as prosperous or even as non-debt nations.
Within the framework of democracy, people can enjoy various rights such as freedom of expression, equality, freedom to practice a religion and voting rights, which are genuinely progressive. But if such a nation is reeling with debts, depending on loans and regular aids in an environment where corruption is rampant, then the governance of that nation should be questioned by not only its people but also by international bodies.
Sri Lanka is a democratic country, and the island nation today is enjoying the freedom of democratic rights. But unfortunately, the country is still struggling in terms of economy and is reeling with trillions of dollars in debt to the world. An indebted nation can never boast about how its democratic principles are upheld in the light of corruptions committed by the politicians.
This practice is deja vu for the long-suffering people as they couldn’t escape with the feeling of how helpless they are, being victims of the consequences. People love democracy in this tiny nation, and they do not want to compromise with it. But the corrupted politicians are weakening it. Today, not only Sri Lanka, but many other countries are going through the same fate. The corrupted politicians have become incurable cancer.
At present, the leaders of the countries who had been involved in criminal activities are brought to the International Crime Court in Prague. The arrest and punishment of the Serbian leader who did horrendous crimes that caused vast human fatalities rang an alarm bell throughout the world. Subsequently, it yielded a fear among world leaders that nobody can escape from punishment even in the enclaves of their own sovereignty.
Following the above example, it is not only international crimes, but also the state sponsored corruption should be brought to justice as widespread corruptions associated with governments have become a critical issue hindering a nations’ development. While a bulk of the countries in the third suffers insurmountably, they always depend on rich nations to feed them and consequently it will create chaos in their own countries.
Democracies in developing countries will falter as the corrupted politicians will weaken the media and other institutions which are vital for a country’s progress.
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