Delivered on: 19 September 2017

Delivered by: Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations in Geneva

Mr President,

The Maldives expresses their gratitude to the OHCHR and special procedures mandate holders for their remarkable work and for the reports shared under this agenda item.

Mr President,

It is with deep concern that we see the exacerbating conflicts and associated human rights violations, waged against civilians, especially in the Middle East. Most of these conflicts have prevailed for years, but nevertheless we, as an international community, have failed to implement concrete actions to successfully mediate lasting peace and bring relief to those who suffer most; the civilians.

There are no words to describe the plight of the people of Palestine over the last 7 decades. The Maldives reasserts its full solidarity and support to the State of Palestine, and deeply condemns the perpetuated grave human rights violations, and unlawful occupation by Israel, continuing to constitute is the gravest injustice of our time.

Mr President,

For almost 40 years, waves of violence combined with systematic disenfranchisement has directly targeted the Rohingya community to make it one of the most unjustly persecuted minorities in the world today. They are subject to pervasive and gross violations of human rights violations, including rape and murder, tantamount to ethnic cleansing. [1] The outright burning of their homes, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people under the guise of fighting terrorism, and the robbing of their fundamental and inalienable human rights has all the hallmarks of sustained violence. Today we are seeing the establishment of a cycle of fear, hatred and violence through systematic subjugation. The Maldives calls on the Myanmar Government to immediately cease all atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya population and to allow the UN Fact Finding Mission access to the country and also, to fully cooperate with UN Agencies, non-governmental organizations and all others to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya population.

Mr President,

We further want to highlight the deteriorating situation of refugees and migrants in Libya, including the systematic human rights abuses such as rape, torture, arbitrary detention and enslavement, an encourage greater assistance is provided to address these abuses.[2]

The Maldives remains committed to furthering avenues for international cooperation and to supporting open and honest dialogue as an essential vehicle for the promotion and protection of human rights in all parts of the world.

Thank you, Mr. President