13 June 2016; The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva this morning. The Session will continue for 3 weeks until 1st July 2016.
This session also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. The Maldives along with key partners have been engaged in trying to ensure universal participation as the HRC reaches this important milestone, by facilitating participation of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that do not have a representation in Geneva.
Along with a core group of other member states, the Maldives will lead the Resolution on freedom of assembly and association at this session. The Maldives will also be leading with a core group, a cross-regional joint statement on universal participation and technical assistance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Maldives priorities at the UN Human Rights Council include women’s rights, children’s rights, disability, climate change and environment, and, rule of law and democracy. The Maldives will engage actively and co-sponsor a number of resolutions, relating to civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights. Some of the key resolutions for the Maldives at this session are: violence against women, freedom of assembly and association, youth and human rights, climate change and human rights, protection of family, right to education, civil society space, political participation of women, and trafficking in persons.
The Maldives will also be involved in the ‘The Power of Empowered Women’ a collaboration between the Geneva Gender Champions, Barbershop and Group of Women Ambassadors in Geneva. Ambassador Hala Hameed recently became part of the ‘Geneva Gender Champions’.
On 22 June 2016, Ambassador Hala Hameed will be moderating a panel discussion on the Contribution of Parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review, and identifying ways to enhance further contribution. The Maldives will also be hosting a side-event during the last week of the session, to take stock and share information on Small Island Developing States that participate at this session.
The Maldives is in its 6th year of membership at the Council, having been re-elected for a second term of three years for 2014-2016. In 2017 after two consecutive terms as a member, Maldives will be taking a mandatory break from the Council. . The Human Rights Council consists of 47 members of the UN membership, and are elected for terms of three years.
The Maldives will be represented at the UN Human Rights Council by Her Excellency Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The Maldives delegation includes Mr. Salim Waheed, Minister / Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva, Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva, Ms. Hawwa Shafeea Riza, Senior State Attorney, The Attorney General’s Office and Ms. Ma asha Luthfee, Senior State Attorney, The Attorney General’s Office. The Maldives Mission in Geneva was established in 2006.