Muhammad Imran Khan

The author is the student of LLM in International Human Rights Laws at International Islamic University Islamabad, and currently, Islamabad based practising lawyer within the field of International Human Rights, and Humanitarian law. This paper is based on a chapter of the author’s LLM Human Rights Law dissertation at International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Keywords: Implementation mechanism, international human rights laws, behaviour, ratification, commitments, Pakistan, treaties, compliance


Due to the feeble mandatory and meaningful but optional implementation mechanisms, international human rights laws fail to change the behaviour of the states with respect to adherence to human rights standards. This leads to questions such as why states join the international human rights law regimes, why they subject their human rights practice to the scrutiny of the world community, and why the rights-abusing states readily join international human rights treaties while the rights-respecting states are hesitant in becoming a party to them This paper argues that the ratification of human rights treaties has been used by the states for motives other than having real intentions of improving the human rights situation. Therefore, the international human rights law can be termed as the paradox of dishonest commitments rather than a real human rights situation improver. In conjunction with this, the standing of Pakistan being a signatory to a number of human rights core treaties, the level of its honesty in implementing the provisions of the ratified treaties, and compliance is critically evaluated.

First Published

December 25, 2016

How to Cite

Muhammad Imran Khan, “International Human Rights Law: The Real Improver of Human Rights Situation or Faithless Paradoxes?,” Regional Studies 35, no.1 (Winter 2016-17): 79-104,


Volume 35, Issue 1