Delivered on 6 March 2017

Delivered by Dr Marium Jabyn, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives and Delegate to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

Thank you, Mr President,

The Maldives thanks the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence for his report, and welcomes the recommendations contained therein.

Mr President,

War cannot be contained. Throughout history, the effects of fear, hate, and violence have crossed boarders and boundaries. Unless they cyle of violence is addressed peace will inevitably be temporary.

Bringing together torn communities and societies is hard. It is painful and it requires true commitment towards non-reccurrence. The Maldives delegation welcomes the Special Rapportuer’s recommendations regarding truth commissions, criminal justice processes, reparation procedures and security sector reform. Further, our delegation welcomes the academic, practical, financial actions outlined to address the issue of psychosocial support to victims and ensure their participation in reconciliation processes offer the support necessary to provide healing. The participation of the victims of violence is essential for the prevention and non-recurrence of mass violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Victim participation implies the recognition of victims as rights holders, affording them the respect of formal State institutions, thereby gaining a space in the public sphere. Such participation both manifests and strengthens the right to truth.

Inclusive and transparent institutions, an active and diverse civil society, and the memorialisation of victims can all help to build resilliance against violence and human rights violations.We urge the United Nations system as well as other relevant stakeholders, including mediating agencies, international cooperation agencies and academic institutions and other relevant civil society organizations, to place sufficient emphasis on the comparative analysis of experiences with victim participation to close existing gaps in the study of transitional justice processes.

The Maldives welcomes all efforts to address the transnational effects of violence and hate-based rhetoric. Unless we help communites and people heal from the traumas of their past, recurrence is inevitable. Thank you