30 September 2016; The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 33rd session today in Geneva, at which the delegation of the Republic of Maldives delivered 24 formal statements, engaged on 28 issues, and actively participated in the negotiation of 30 resolutions, adopted during the concluding session of the council. The session also confirmed the appointment of five mandate holders and adopted the report of the session.
The Maldives along with a core group of states including, Hungary, Morocco, Poland, Uruguay and Ukraine led the resolution, “Role of prevention in the promotion and protection of Human Rights”. The resolution captures the role of Human Rights Council in the prevention of human rights violations and raised concerns over the human rights violations around the world. The resolution received cross regional support and it was co-sponsored by 66 States and was adopted by consensus.
In line with its key priorities at the UN Human Rights Council, the Maldives also co-sponsored a number of resolutions; including those on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic and in Yemen, and on Internally Displaced Persons, journalists, local government, contemporary forms of slavery, and water and sanitation, among others.
The Maldives participated in the four panels discussions regarding human rights training, youth and human rights, integrating gender perspectives, and violence against women and girls, including those with disabilities. Further, the Maldives constructively engaged in highlighting the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as well as importance of technical assistance and capacity building to ensure more equitable and universal participation in institutions of global governance.
The Maldives, together with Australia, co-hosted meetings with UN Member States and with the President of the Human Rights Council and its Bureau and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These meetings emphasized the need for small states to play a leadership role in the United Nations and that no country should be left behind. They exemplified the Maldives role as a leader in the UN system.
The Maldives was represented at the session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva, led by Her Excellency Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives. The delegation also included Mr Salim Waheed, Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives, Ms Aishath Shahula, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission, and Ms Laila Shareef, Senior Desk Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.