The Maldives reiterated its commitment to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process and stated that its unique peer to peer assessment has helped many countries to improve their human rights records after the first cycle. The Maldives made the comments while speaking at the General Debate under Agenda item 6 at the UN Human Rights Council today.
The Maldives also emphasised on the importance of ensuring that the recommendations made at the UPR are clear, coherent, measurable and implementable and stated that only constructive, non-confrontational and apolitical recommendations would bring genuine, meaningful change in the State under Review. The Maldives also welcomed the assistance that is being provided to states through the Voluntary Fund for Financial and Technical Assistance in the implementation of the UPR recommendations and encouraged SIDS and LDCs with limited resources and capacity constraints to utilize these funds in implementing their UPR commitments.
The Maldives further recognised the important role played by the civil society in the UPR process and stated that it is for that reason that it has adopted a multi stakeholder approach to oversee the implementation of its UPR. The Maldives UPR standing Committee is composed of high level representatives from key government agencies, the NHRI as well as prominent NGOs, which will oversee the implementation of the UPR.
he Maldives delegation to the Session is represented by the Staff of the Maldives Mission in Geneva.