Delivered on 14 September 2015

Delivered on Ms. Geela Ali, Minister|Chargé d’affaires, a,i., Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices at Geneva.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.

The Maldives welcomes this opportunity to interact with the High Commissioner and the update provided to this Council today. The Maldives has always maintained its engagement with the Office and had an open door policy to inform the Office and the High Commissioner directly on issues relating to human rights in the Maldives.

However, as we have noted in our Statement at the 29thSession in June this year, in order to ensure that this dialogue is fruitful and provide an adequate response, the Maldives would appreciate receiving the update of High Commissioner ahead of the Session. For small delegations such as ours, the late circulation of the update is an indication that the OHCHR lacks the understanding of the challenges faced by delegations.

Mr. President, Mr. High Commissioner,

The one most important global issue that the world today is facing is the refugee crisis in Europe. The Government of Maldives is deeply concerned by the lack of action by recipient states, while thousands of people are dying at sea. While some of these States continue to play leading roles on a myriad of issues across the world, it is very disappointing that these States have not been able to provide a solution for a global crisis. It is important to address the root causes, and find a solution that protects the rights of these people.

 

Maldives

Mr. High Commissioner,

Despite the human rights situation in other parts of the world, the Maldives appreciates the importance that the Office attaches to the situation of Maldives. The Government of Maldives, through the relationships established between the Office and the Government, envisages strengthening the efforts to promote and protect the human rights of our people – the most important resource of the country. However, despite the open channel of communication established, we are disappointed to learn that the efforts by the Government are not reciprocated by the Office. The political and human rights situation of Maldives should not be determined based on one person, a holistic approach needs to be taken. In this regard, the Maldives believes that the situation in Maldives is much better than most other and more developed countries in the world, which I do not need to repeat here. The Maldives will continue to engage with its international partners and allies, and maintain a constructive dialogue.

 

Mr. President,

The Maldives is pleased by the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly where non-member Observer States can raise their flags at the UN. We are pleased that the State of Palestine has been able to take one more step in their efforts for the full realisation of the self-determination of the Palestinian people, despite the continued struggles they face due to the occupying power. The Maldives remains steadfast with the Palestinian people and the efforts to obtain full membership at the UN. Furthermore, the Maldives reiterates its call to Israel to cease their attacks, and other violations of human rights.

 

The Maldives remains gravely concerned by the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. The death toll, displacement, as well as humanitarian situation in the country is profoundly disturbing. On top of this, the ISIS continues to destroy the country, and many of its cultural and historical places. The Maldives has previously stated that the international community is failing the Syrian people. The management of the European Migration / Refugee Crisis is a further indication of this wretched situation.

 

Mr. President,

As the United Nations celebrates its 70thanniversary and the Council its 10thanniversary, the UN and OHCHR has come a long way in understanding the workload governed by the different situations across the world. In this regard, it is important to highlight once again, transparency, coordination, impartiality and non-selectivity. It is further important to ensure that the facts are not distorted and unbalanced, as the world relies on this Office to provide an unbiased opinion on human rights issues across the world. The Maldives remains concerned by the funding limitations of the Office and urge States to address this isse.

 

To conclude, the Maldives remains committed to its engagement first policy and will maintain its dialogue with the OHCHR. The Maldives believes

 

I thank you, Mr. President.