17 August 2017, Malé – Her Excellency Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations at Geneva, spoke at the PSM News channel’s television show “Raajje Miadhu” (Maldives Today) on the Maldives’ engagements on human rights issues in the international arena.
While the Maldives has had a consistent commitment towards open and active engagement on human rights issues at the United Nations and various international fora, this Government is making a point to prioritize our international human rights obligations, especially with regards to reporting to the human rights treaty body system. With some reports over ten years late, Ambassador Hala noted that this is vital work that must be done.
When asked about pressure that is applied to the Maldives through the international arena, Ambassador Hala noted that “it is the job of the Mission in Geneva to respond to every legitimate query. This does not mean that we answer everyone, and especially not unfounded accusations, unless another nation or legitimate body raises a concern they have.” She went on to note, that the pervasiveness of misinformation with regards to the situation in the Maldives leads to misguided statements about the Maldives. But if they are approached early, and concerns are addressed, they realize that rights are being upheld, and that the situation of stability, calm, and freedoms enjoyed in the Maldives are second to none.
Ambassador Hala noted that engagement with the international community, especially through multilateralism, is about constructive dialogue, not coerciveness or unfounded accusations. And that this is reflected in how most countries engage with us.