24 March 2016, Geneva; The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 31st Session in Geneva today. An active member of the Council with a small Mission, the Maldives participated in the debates and the negotiations on a number of key human rights issues during the session. This council session adopted 37 resolutions and 2 decisions on substantive human rights issues.
The Maldives along with Morocco, Slovenia, Switzerland and Costa Rica, tabled the resolution on ‘human rights and environment’ which was adopted by consensus and enjoyed the co-sponsorship of States from across all regions.
In line with its key priorities at the UN Human Rights Council, the Maldives also co-sponsored a number of resolutions including those on human rights situation of Syrian Arab Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as resolutions on rights of the child, countering terrorism, persons with disabilities, adequate housing, human rights education and training, good governance and right to work. The Maldives also worked closely on other important resolutions on torture, peaceful protests, and human rights defenders that were adopted by the Council today.
During the past four weeks of the Session, Maldives made 23 statements on thematic discussions covered in the Programme of Work of the Council, including the Report of the High Commissioner, Climate Change, Children, Universal Periodic Review of States, situation in Palestinian Occupied Territories and Violent Extremism.
The Human Rights Council commenced this session on 29 February, with a high-level segment. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon accompanied by The Attorney General, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Anil participated at the High Level Segment. Minister Dunya Maumoon addressed the Council on 2 March 2016.
The Council is comprised of 47 UN States as members. The Maldives is in its final year of membership until end of 2016. Maldives was elected to the Council for its first term from 2011-2013 and immediate re-election from 2014-2016. This year marks the 10th year since the establishment of the Human Rights Council. The Maldives is one of four Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which has been a member of the Council during this time.
The Maldives was represented at the session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva, led by Permanent Representative Her Excellency Dr. Hala Hameed.