Every human being has equal and inalienable rights. When these human rights are respected, the individual is given the chance, according to their desire and ability, to contribute to their own development and that of their family. The inability of nations to respect, protect and fulfill these human rights leads to a lack of freedom and deprives people of the chance to control their own life situation. Violation of these rights therefore reinforces poverty and vulnerability and this in turn helps to ensure that the causes of poverty remain unchecked.