19 January 2016, Geneva; Speaking to the Committee on Convention on the Rights of the Child, Attorney General H.E. Mohamed Anil highlighted the extraordinary progress that the Maldives has made on promoting and protecting the rights of the child. The Maldives was reviewed today at the 71st Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Placing the progress of Maldives within the contextual legislative framework, Attorney General outlined Government’s ambition to strengthen the legal protection for the children. In this regard, he pressed that the new Child Protection Bill, Juvenile Justice Bill and Gender Equality Bill will harmonize the existing child protection laws. Attorney General also highlighted on the high enrolment rate for primary and secondary education, low maternal and infant mortality rates and the improved state care for children. Attorney General further reflected on the new challenges that the fast pace of change has brought on, which the society is not entirely accustomed to deal with. Attorney General expressed the commitment of the Government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s, to continue improving the child protection system through realising their aspirations and hopes.
Speaking of the achievements that the Maldives has made over the eighteen years since its initial review, the Attorney General noted that President Yameen’s commitment to child protection will be guided by the Sustainable Development Goals adopted last September. Attorney General further announced that Maldives will remain steadfast in its commitment to safeguard the rights of children.
The Maldives delegation to the Convention on the Rights of the Child was led by H.E Attorney General Mohamed Anil, Foreign Secretary H.E Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed and Permanent Representative of Maldives in Geneva, H.E Dr. Hala Hameed, Mrs. Mariyam Azra Ahmed, Minister of State for Law and Gender, Mrs. Fathimath Azza, Director General of Ministry of Education, Mrs. Hawwa Shafeea Riza, Senior State attorney at Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor at the Maldives Mission in Geneva, Mrs. Aishath Rishmee, Assistant Director of Ministry of Law and Gender, Mr. Abdulla Ashraf, Assistant Director of Ministry of Law and Gender and Ms. Laila Shareef, Senior Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.