Thank you Mr President,

My delegation would like welcome the reports presented today. This statement will focus on the work of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

Mr Vice President,

In its only work on the Maldives, it references the disappearance of the blogger and journalist Ahmed Rilwan, the first case of its kind in the Maldives, which I reaffirm remains a priority case under investigation for the Maldivian authorities. The submission to the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances on this case, by Government of Maldives includes in detail the progress made in the investigation and the challenges faced, including that the crime was reported to the Maldives Police Service five days after Mr. Rilwan’s disappearance. The investigative teams in the Maldives continue to utilize every tool at its disposal to complete the investigation. For the sake of his family, friends and our collective national conscience, answers are needed and the Government is taking all possible steps, to further accelerate the investigation.

Mr Vice President,

We commend the Working Group for their report and recommendations, especially on enforced disappearances in the context of migrants, a current issue that requires the highest priority in international cooperation. As stated in the report, factors that lead to enforced disappearance of migrants include conflict and violence to which they are often exposed; the multiple forms of discrimination and socioeconomic difficulties they suffer; impunity; and inadequate migratory, security and counter-terrorism policies.

It is our mandate, as the Human Rights Council, to take firm action on these grave human rights violations across the world. We therefore call upon the international community, especially the States along common migrant routes, to join forces to prevent, prosecute and further address these crimes.

Thank you, Mr Vice President