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 welcomes the delegation of Venezeula to this Council session. We thank the delegation for its update on the review and appreciate its meaningful engagement at the Working Group.

The Maldives appreciates Venezuela’s efforts in the implementation of social policies, including improved access to education, housing construction and poverty reduction. We are also encouraged by the Government efforts to improve women rights.

We wish the delegation of Venezuela success in the implementation set before it and we encourage the Government to continue its efforts toward promoting human rights in the country.

Thank you, Mr. President