Monday, 14 September 2015

OHCHR is not painting a clear picture of the situation in Maldives

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14 September 2015, Geneva, Switzerland; The Maldives has noted with concern the remarks made by the High Commissioner at the opening of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council which began in Geneva, this morning.

At the statement made by the delegation, the Maldives clarified to the Council on the political situation of the country. The Maldives stated that the political and human rights situation of Maldives should not be determined based on one individual, and that a holistic approach needs to be taken. The Maldives further added that to seek the release of an individual purely on the basis of his political standing is inappropriate, and clearly seeks to circumvent the rule of law.

Maldives expressed concern that the High Commissioner has not taken into consideration the seriousness of the situation, when the High Commissioner urges to release a prisoner. Nonetheless, the Government reiterated its commitment to strengthening efforts to promote and protect the human rights of our people – the most important resource of the country.

Addressing the global human rights issues, the Maldives also expressed disappointment at the lack of action by recipient states, concerning the current refugee crisis. The Maldives also condemned the atrocities and human rights violations in Syrian Arab Republic. The Maldives further reiterated strong commitment to the plight of the Palestinian people, including in its efforts to obtain full membership of UN.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives


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