The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 35th Session on 23rd June 2017. Thematic issues across the Human Rights Spectrum was discussed and 47 State Members passed 36 resolutions, delivered 1 Presidential Statement, filled out 4 positions of Special Procedures and mandate holders and adopted its report during this session held from 6th to 23rd June 2017 in Geneva.

The delegation of Maldives also actively participated in this session delivering 18 formal statements and 1 joint statement on behalf of 47 countries and engaged in the negotiations of the resolutions passed as well as taking part in the informal side events conducted. The statements delivered by Maldives covered a range of topics promoting and protecting human rights including education, extreme poverty, violence against women, technical assistance and capacity building and in relation to the Universal Periodic Review.

During the session, Maldives look lead on the resolution – “Contribution of Parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its universal periodic review” along with core group of states Ecuador, Italy, Morrocco, Philippines, Romania and Spain as well as the resolution – “Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers” and “Independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors, and the independence of lawyers.” with the core group including Australia, Botswana, Hungary, Mexico and Thailand.

The Maldives was represented at the 35th Session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Office and other International Organisations at Geneva, along with Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Deputy Permanent Representative, Ms Aishath Shahula, First Secretary, and Ministry delegate to the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council, Mr Hassan Hussain Shihab, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.