Haile Selassie I - Laws and Government

Direct Petitions to the Emperor

By constitutional law (Art. 63 Revised Constitution) each ethiopian citizen had the right to present personal petitions directly to the Emperor.
The custom at that time was to personally hand a written document to the Emperor, as he was always visibile and reachable in his work throughout the Empire, and also willing to hear contributions or complains from His people, even from the lowest of His subjects, and to have personal physical contact with them.
A striking difference appears in comparison with Babylon politicians, well covered in dark impenetrable cars, fearing the people and the experience of poverty, without any connection with the world of human struggle they pretend to represent and defend.
Haile Selassie I - Teachings

Respect the Treaties

“In 1924, I have talked for a long time with Mussolini: we have talked for 4 hours in his office. He assured me that he had no intention to harm Ethiopia, and when he told me this, I asked: Why, for which reason you are sure to not harm Ethiopia?. He assured me, answering: Because it’s going so well, we are good friends, we have made treaties, all this. At that time, I told him that Napoleon had said the treaty is a paper, then I told him we should not follow that, the treaty is a treaty, we must respect it”.

H.I.M. Haile Selassie I
“Une journée avec le Roi de Rois” –
French Documentary 1972