11 May 2015, Geneva; The Maldives has recommended to the United States to eradicate discrimination against women by introducing paid maternity leave and providing equal pay for women. The Maldives made the recommendation during the review of the United States at the 22ndSession of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review, held in Geneva today.
Participating in the review, the Maldives also called on the US to re-evaluate mechanisms at federal, state and tribal level, to address the disproportionate impact on immigrant women and to take concrete measures to combat racial discrimination in law enforcement, and in the administration of justice. In addition the Maldives recommended for the US to address trafficking in persons, and in particular sexual exploitation of children that result from this trafficking. Continuing on these measures the Maldives importantly called for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United States; one of the two countries only in the world that has not done so.
Concerned by the excessive amount of torture by law enforcement officials in the United States, especially by the secret detention facilities that explicitly violate the UNâ€™s Anti-Torture Convention, the Maldives called for the immediate closure of the Guantanamo Bay and other detention facilities.