Human Rights Law

What is Human Rights Law ?

The denial of human rights and fundamental freedoms invariably create conditions of social and political unrest, sowing seeds of violence and conflict within and between societies and nations. Today there are several extra-judicial killings, fake encounters, deaths of suspects in police custody and excessive use of force by security forces combating active insurgencies. Cases of extensive societal violence and discrimination against women, child prostitution and female infanticide, widespread exploitation of bonded, and child labor; and trafficking in women and children are common. There is discrimination against persons with disabilities; serious discrimination and violence against indigenous peoples and scheduled castes and tribes; widespread inter-caste and communal violence. All such cases require redress — cases to be handled by lawyers specialising in human rights.

Human rights law is a system of laws, both domestic and international which is intended to promote human rights. It includes a number of treaties which are intended to punish some violations of human rights such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. There are also a number of international courts which have been...

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