24 September 2015, Geneva; Foreign Secretary while delivering his concluding remarks at the UPR Maldives adoption session stated that Government efforts at democracy consolidation process, and strengthening the rule of law in the country will not falter neither would our commitment to the economic and social advancement of our people, and the protection of our environment. Foreign Secretary stated that these are the top priorities of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s Government.
Continuing with his closing remarks Foreign Secretary further stated that as a Small Island Developing State, the Maldives continues to face some unique challenges. These challenges arise from the inherent vulnerabilities in all our endeavours towards development, and especially towards the promotion and protection of human rights. Despite our limited human resource and financial capacities, our engagement at this Council, is in itself, a clear indication of the importance the Maldives attaches to human rights. The Government will continue to endorse the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and intensify and strengthen its efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Maldives, in line with the Constitution of Maldives, Said Foreign Secretary.
Foreign Secretary reiterated the strong commitment of the Government of Maldives to the Universal Periodic Review process – towards an open, transparent and constructive approach. Foreign Secretary further stated that Government intends to continue its consultations with national stakeholders and especially the UPR Standing Committee, and encourage their positive involvement, in the efforts to prepare for the next cycle and review of the Maldives.
On a concluding note Foreign Secretary stated that Government of Maldives sincerely hopes and calls on all delegations to learn from the lessons of the Human Rights Council, and to refrain from politicising the UPR process and work together to safeguard its continuity, independence, and encourage real progress on the ground.
The Maldives accepted a total of 198 recommendations out of the 258 recommendation that it received during its second cycle of UPR held in May 2015.
The Maldives delegation to the UPR report adoption session was headed by Foreign Secretary Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed and staff at the Maldives Mission in Geneva.