Delivered on 16 March 2017

Delivered by Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Mr President,

The Maldives acknowledges Syria’s engagement with the Human Rights Council and and its mechanisms.

The challenges faced by the Syrian Arab Republic and its people are almost insurmountable. Further, while the Maldives takes note of the report of Syria’s review during the second cycle of the UPR, we also highlight that the existence of a situation of conflict does not relinquish the State’s obligation towards the promotion and protection of the human rights of the people within its boarders. The gross violations of human rights which do occur on a daily basis is appalling; and needs to be addressed urgently

Once again, the Maldives calls on all actors in the Syrian conflict to refrain from further violence; and commit to a policitical solution for the security of the Syrian population; and to protect and promote human rights for all in Syria.

Thank you.