From Violation to Vindication: Human Rights in the Aftermath of Crime

  • Sidra Kanwel
  • Usman Asghar
  • Muhammad Imran Khan


This paper delves into the intricate dynamics between crime and human rights, emphasizing the comprehensive impact on victims, accused individuals, and the broader societal fabric. In the wake of criminal activities, victims often face a dual plight: the initial infringement of their rights and subsequent challenges navigating the justice system. Simultaneously, the rights of the accused, particularly concerning fair trial and presumption of innocence, are at risk of being compromised. The societal aftermath of crime can lead to heightened insecurity, stigmatization of groups, and an erosion of trust in public institutions, prompting measures that may infringe upon civil liberties. Through the lens of international human rights law, case studies, and rehabilitation initiatives, this research article aims to chart a course from the violation to the vindication of human rights post-crime. It proposes a multifaceted approach involving legal reforms, victim support, restorative justice practices, and the safeguarding of accused rights. This framework seeks not only to address the immediate effects of crime but also to restore social harmony and trust in the justice system, underpinning the development of a just and equitable society.