Unethical practices of government

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Government improbity
Illegal government practices
Scandal in government
Harassment by government
Government blackmail
Government intimidation
Embezzlement of government funds
Corrupt governments
Government misconduct
Abusive government

Our world news today informs us repeatedly that the world is plagued by war, hunger, injustice and suffering with little hope that current political and cultural systems will bring about suitable resolution. There remains widespread human rights violations including the sale of children, forced child prostitution, forced child labour, displaced persons, slavery, racism and religious intolerance, torture, violence against women, domestic and sexual abuse, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, involuntary disappearance, and mass exodus. While governments have power to play a meaningful role in abolishing these injustices, it is governments that perpetrate or acquiesce in systematic human rights violations, especially against women, children, and the elderly, citing customs and rigid concepts of privacy as justifications for the subordination of these peoples. It is commonplace for soldiers to rape and otherwise physically abuse women as a tool of war or political repression. Women are forced into prostitution, raped in prisons and jails, while courts turn a blind eye to violence and discrimination. Whole ethnic and religious communities are also subjected to unthinkable torment, as governments turn a blind eye. The children of many nations suffer appalling abuses and represent a huge and voiceless population seldom represented in the international human rights arena. Street children are tortured or killed by police, or imprisoned in inhumane conditions. Because of their vulnerable condition, young people are often used as soldiers, and bonded labourers.

Broader Problems:
Unethical practices
Narrower Problems:
Secret laws
Ghost employees
Official harassment
Crimes by the state
Immoral public policy
Inappropriate taxation
Deception by government
Abuse of state immunity
State sanctioned torture
Abuse of government power
Unlawful government action
Government sanctioned killing
Concealed government subsidies
Official evasion of complaints
Espionage in domestic politics
Falsification of public records
Political displacement activity
Unethical practices in diplomacy
Politicization of public service
International political espionage
Blackmail by government officials
Government bias in wage bargaining
Political confiscation of property
Improper collusion among officials
Covert smear campaigns by government
Government misuse of personal records
Sanctions against trade union workers
Unjustified military defence policies
Unethical practices in local government
State-supported international terrorism
Unethical practices in the service sector
Internationally non-cooperative governments
Secret intelligence agents in public office
Corruption and mismanagement of foreign aid
Connivance of authorities in human rights abuses
Employment of criminals in policy-making contexts
Misuse of government surveillance of communications
Disregard for internationally imposed economic sanctions
Intergovernmental failure to fulfil financial commitments
Official cover-up of government harassment of political activists
Misuse of business enterprises as front organizations by government
Government financing tied to exploitation of non-renewable resources
State secrets
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
17.04.2019 – 12:32 CEST