29 January 2016, Geneva; The Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review concluded its 24th Session in Geneva this afternoon. Fourteen member states were reviewed at this session. - namely: Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Paraguay, Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone and Singapore. The Maldives delivered statements and recommendations for seven countries. - Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone and Singapore. The recommendations made by Maldives focused on a broad range of issues â€“ gender equality, health, persons with disabilities, climate change, education, water, among other important human rights.
The Maldives was part of the troika together with Botswana and Ecuador at the review of Singapore, and delivered the statement as the rapporteur at the adoption of the report of the Working Group.
The Maldives is represented at the 24th Session of the UPR Working Group by Her Excellency Dr. Hala Hameed, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission.
UPR Working Group holds sessions thrice a year, in January, May and October. This is the final year of the second cycle of the reviews, where all 193 member states of the UN are reviewed based on their human rights situation.