Delivered on: 21 September 2017

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

Mr President,

The Maldives welcomes the delegation of Tunisia, and commends it for Tunisia’s meaningful contribution to the working group. We are also delighted by the active participation of 98 delegations at this review.

Mr President,

We commend Tunisia for accepting 2 recommendations made by the Maldives during the 27th session of the UPR.

We congratulate Tunisia on its new constitution – a milestone, that enshrines fundamental Human rights, and commend the amendments to the Code of Rights of the Child. My delegation further commends Tunisia for having signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and for the establishment of a national preventative mechanism – a recommendation also given by the Republic of the Maldives during the last cycle.

My delegation wishes Tunisia the best success in the implementation of the recommendations made.

Thank you