Despite continuing controversy over the aims, normative content and powers of global and regional institutions, human rights law can be said to have restrained many dictatorial powers and established the criteria for transition to democracy and the rule of law. It also succeeded in challenging many totalitarian and authoritarian governments, although it cannot claim sole credit for democratization over the past two decades. Successes in human rights can be attributed to several linked factors.
First, unlike many global issues, human rights is aided by its moral and ethical dimensions and the innate desire of every human being for protection from abuse. The vey idea of human rights as a legitimate claim of every individual, founded in theology, morality and philosophy, is thus a powerful governance tool.
It will probably always be a struggle to maintain progress and avoid backsliding, but there can be little doubt that international human rights law and institutions have brought improvement to the lives of millions of persons throughout the world.(s.n. – M. M. -B.)
Dinah L. Shelton
(International Human Rights Law, ed. Edward Elgar, 2014, la p. 293 și p. 295)