27 September 2013, Geneva; The Maldives played a leading role at the Twenty-Fourth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which concluded at Geneva today.
During this session, the Maldives delivered 25 statements at the Council, under different agenda items at this Session, focusing on women’s rights, children’s rights, environmental issues, and consideration of human rights situations in countries including Syria, Palestine, Yemen, and Somalia among others. Some of the key statements Maldives delivered at the session include, a statement on Syria reiterating the call on Syria to cooperate with international mechanisms, and provide access to the Commission of Inquiry and international investigation team of the UN. Maldives delivered a statement on the issue of the State of Palestine, condemning the continued, systematic and gross violations of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by Israel. Maldives also delivered a statement calling OHCHR to enhance technical cooperation to member states, and welcoming the operationalization of the Voluntary Trust Fund for Capacity-Building for LDCs and SIDS, an initiative that was led by Maldives and like-minded countries.
Maldives also co-sponsored 22 resolutions and actively engaged on resolutions, on issues related to gender equality and children’s rights, environment and water rights, technical assistance to member countries, and social, political, economic and civil rights, human rights situations in countries. Maldives was in the core-group of the resolutions on “strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage”, “freedom of peaceful assembly and association”, and “role of prevention in promotion and protection of human rights”.
The Maldives also chaired some meetings of the Session as the Vice-President representing the Asian Region of the Council for the year 2013. The Maldives is being represented at the Session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.
The Maldives is currently running for re-election to the Human Rights Council for its second term 2014-2016, the elections of which will be held in November 2013 in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly.