Broken Laws, Broken Lives: When Organized Crime Shreds Human Rights


  • Aftab Haider LLM Scholar, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
  • Ashraf Ali Associate Professor, Head of Law Department, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
  • Bushra Zeb LLM Scholar, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan



Human Rights Law. Organized crime, Criminology, International Law, Human Rights Violation


History is marked by its coiling snake, organized crime that continues to entwine itself around human rights choking out dignity and justice. This paper reveals the hard truth of this destructive bond, from its historical origins to its modern incarnations. Powered by poverty, poor governance and digital frontiers the criminal network uses human weaknesses as pawns in their illicit games. The fundamental rights of individuals and communities is eroded by trafficking, extortion, violence, and corruption which are their currency. Women, children and minority groups are often the victims who get trapped in forced labor, exploitation and displacement. Case studies depict a rather gloomy picture of this complex threat. The porous borders of Southeast Asia take up human trafficking, while the drugs in Latin America become a stream of violence and corruption that breaks communities and trample dignity. Not even the digital world is immune, where cybercrime and identity theft take away privacy and liberty. As the roots of this crisis are woven into a complex network of socio-economic disparities, lax legal frameworks and corrupt structures. Their effects are far-reaching, reaching deep into the society Fighting back demands a broad attack. The first steps should be strengthening the legal framework, empowering law enforcement, and addressing underlying injustices. International cooperation and creating a culture of transparency and accountability are important weapons in this war. It requires constant vigilance, relentless quest for justice and strong communities that are resilient in the face of organized crime. Only then can we escape the darkness and enter into true human rights.


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