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The international women's rights legal regime started from the United Nations Charter and evolved within decades to a full-fledged independent women's human rights regime. The statutory Islamic laws of Pakistan are based on an out-of-context interpretation of the Koran which conflicts with the Koran as well as international human rights standards and needs reformation through ijtihad. The Koran was revealed in a tribal social structure where men played a dominant role in the protection and survival of tribal interests. A woman was declared to be equal with a man in all spheres of life and was afforded similar rights as a man. However, the statutory Islamic laws of Pakistan discriminate against women in the areas of criminal law and the law of personal status. The Women's Convention needs to address the issues of specific concern to women and provide stronger implementation procedures.

Keywords: international human rights regime; statutory Islamic laws; United Nations Charter; Women's Convention



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