Delivered on 17 March 2016

Delivered by Her Excellency Dr. Hala Hameed, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary / Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva


Mr. President,


The Maldives welcomes the delegation of Australia to this review, and its engagement at the Council and the Universal Periodic Review.


The Maldives notes that during the interactive dialogue, 104 delegations engaged in the review of Australia. 290 recommendations were made, of which a majority were accepted by the Government of Australia.


We are pleased to note that Australia has accepted most of the recommendations made by the Maldives. We are encouraged by the information you have provided today towards promoting and protecting the rights of persons in your country. We further welcome the appointment of the new Special Envoy for Human Rights.


We wish Australia success in the implementation of the recommendations.


Thank you, Mr. President.