28 March 2014, Geneva; The Maldives actively took part at the 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which concluded in Geneva today. The Maldives was re-elected for a second consecutive term to the Council this January.
During this Session, the Maldives advocated for the rights of children, women and the disabled as well as environmental rights. The Maldives also raised its voice on the human rights situations in Syria, Palestine, Democratic Republic of Korea and Central African Republic.
The Maldives co-sponsored 23 of the 42 resolutions at the session. Some of the resolutions that the Maldives attached importance in the negotiations dealt with the rights of the child, human rights defenders, peaceful protests, good governance, right to adequate housing, and human rights situations in countries including Syria, Palestine, DPR Korea. The Maldives was also a member of the core-group that led the resolution on human rights and environment.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon attended the High Level Segment of the Session on 3 March 2014 and addressed the Council. In her statement, Minister Dunya assured the Council of the continued commitment of the Government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to uphold universal human rights norms and values. The Minister also reiterated the committed role of the Maldives as a member of the Council to raise its voice and demand for the protection of human rights in small and large countries. While noting the efforts of the Maldives in the success and achievement of its democratic transition, a process attached with the launching of the Reform Agenda introduced by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Minister Dunya called upon the Council to respect the institutions of the Maldives and to base their partnership with the Maldives on dialogue and cooperation.
The Maldives delegation to the regular Session of the Human Rights Council was led by Her Excellency Ms. Iruthisham Adam, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva. First Secretary of the Maldivian Mission in Geneva Ms. Rishfa Rasheed was also part of the Maldives delegation.
The Maldives will end its full term in December 2016.