chapter  22
10 Pages

Human Rights and the Law

WithMohammad Shahabuddin

This chapter discusses a narrative of human rights very much in the orthodox line. Any standard narrative of human rights within the stream essentially finds its legitimacy in existing international human rights standards, which then serve as a lens through which national human rights performance can be evaluated. The post-World War II phase of international law was indeed set for reaffirming faith in and promoting certain crucial values: fundamental human rights, dignity and worth of individuals, equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, among others. The constitution also enumerates the principle of equality in accordance with international human rights instruments. The constitution recognizes that to enjoy the protection of law, and to be treated in accordance with law, is the inalienable right of every citizen, and therefore stipulates that no action detrimental to the life, reputation, or property of any person shall be taken except in accordance with law.