1 March 2016, Geneva; Investing in the country’s young democracy is the best way for making the nation politically resilient said Foreign Minister H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon while delivering her statement at the High Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this afternoon. Minister noted that efforts by Maldives have been at times welcomed at times, jeopardized, and at times challenged by various actors, both nationally and internationally and despite that the commitment, remains firm, and we will transform the Maldives into an advanced democracy, a democracy that protects every individual right a democracy that sustains human development, and a democracy that allows prosperity to thrive. Continuing with her statement Minister stated that ‘history shows that it takes at least few generations to bring and sustain democratic change in a society. To achieve that the Maldives need support and encouragement. But ‘we definitely do not wish to be bullied as we climb uphill on this journey, said Minister Dunya.
Furthermore, Minister also stated that the rule of law remains the most important vehicle through which human rights can be protected. ‘It is the anchor that allows countries to achieve economic and social development’. Yet, we are asked by some, to set aside the laws in place, for one or two individuals. Such suggestions undermine efforts to protect human rights in the country. Said Foreign Minister Dunya. Minister further informed that the Government is working with its international partners, to ensure that people have confidence in the legal framework.
Reflecting on Maldives role at the Human Rights Council during its second cycle, Minister stated that the Maldives celebrates the productive debates it have led, the meaningful contributions that the Maldives made and the new ideas that the Maldives proposed. “We take this opportunity to pay our dues to our friends, our partners who have contributed to our development, and our critics who have encouraged us to strive for more.
Concluding her statement Minister stated that ‘as this Council completes its tenth year since establishment, we must not only celebrate our achievements. But also address our challenges. Resolutions of the Council should not be mere rhetoric. It should have bearing on the people fleeing war; the hungry child on a boat in the ocean; or every single man, woman, and child, who slowly see their hope for a better future diminish. We, this Council, need to revive that beautiful hope and dream of love, freedom, and humanity. We need to work together to cultivate respect for values, cultivate cultures that understand and respect the beauty of difference, and bring about meaningful progress; progress that we are proud of; progress that is sustainable; progress that we can leave behind for our children and for our children’s children concluded Minister Dunya.
The Maldives delegation to the High Level Segment is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Maldives delegation to the session also includes Attorney General H.E. Mohamed Anil, H.E. Dr. Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN Office in Geneva, Ms. Khadeeja Najeeha, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Maldives in Geneva, and Ms. Shahiya Ali Manik, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and staff at Maldives Mission in Geneva.