24th Session of the UN Human Rights Council commences in Geneva
The Maldives is currently participating in the ongoing 24th Session of the Human Rights Council which commenced today in Geneva. Among the priorities for the Maldives at this year’s session, the Maldives expressed its deepest concerns about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and expressed its hope that further diplomatic efforts will be undertaken to find a political settlement to the crisis.
The Maldives hopes to engage actively during the session on a number of important human rights issues. It is following closely the issue of rights of the child, rights to freedom of assembly and of association, the role of prevention in human rights promotion, civil society issues, safety of journalists and other key areas which falls within the Maldives’ own human rights framework in its work within the Council.
The Maldives also responded to the opening statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, welcoming her commitment and that of her office, and reaffirming the support of the Maldives in carrying out her mandate. During the session the Maldives hopes to engage constructively with all countries concerned, and will also be undertaking lobbying efforts for its re-election to the Human Rights Council for which elections will be held in New York in November 2013. The Maldives is being represented at the session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.