10 December 2016, Male'; "On the occasion of the 65th International Human Rights Day, I wish to extend my warm wishes to the people of the Maldives, to the United Nations, and to each and everyone working towards guaranteeing, promoting and protecting human rights around the globe.
Celebrated on the 10th of December every year, the International Human Rights Day rejoices the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The international human rights instruments developed thereon, created and established a minimum universal standard on human rights for all countries in the world.
The Maldives became a UN member state only a few months after its independence in 1965. Since then, the country has developed both in terms of economic and social rights, but also in civil and political rights. The 2008 Constitution is a hallmark feature, characterising the leap in our way of thinking towards human rights and State responsibilities towards ensuring the fundamental rights of its citizens.
The Government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is making significant strides in promoting human rights in the Maldives. It is creating the necessary enabling environment to safeguard human rights of citizens through the enactment of key human rights legislation in accordance to the 2008 Constitution. Together with institution building the Government of Maldives is steadily paving the way to cultivate values to respect for human rights all in society.
However, the Maldives has many challenges to guarantee all rights and fulfil State responsibilities. It is through the collective effort of all including the international community that we could overcome current challenges and ensure that human rights principles are at the core of policy we implement.
Let me reiterate the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to continue to work with national and international human rights organisations, civil society, and State bodies to ensure Maldives’ commitment under various international human rights treaties.”