6 July 2018, Geneva, Switzerland: The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 38th Session today in Geneva. The delegation of the Republic of Maldives delivered 15 formal statements and 1 joint statement on behalf of 33 countries and actively participated in the negotiations of 22 resolutions, adopted during the concluding session of the Council. The session also confirmed the appointment of 5 mandate holders and adopted the report of the 38th session.

The Maldives delivered statements on thematic discussions covered in the Programme of Work of the Council, including those on the Annual Report of the High Commissioner; human rights situations of Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syrian Arab Republic, Myanmar, and other human rights situations that require the Council’s attention. The Maldives also delivered statements on the promotion and protection of human rights in relation to numerous issues, including education, violence against women and technical assistance and capacity building.

The Maldives also co-hosted 3 side events and was Ambassador Hala participated as panelist at the Side Event: Child Rights Education led by Philippines and UNICEF and the Side Event on the role of women entrepreneurship in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the promotion of women’s economic and social empowerment led by Morocco. As a core group member of the resolution ‘contribution of parliaments’, the Maldives also cosponsored and contributed to a side event jointly hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the vital role played by specialized parliamentary human rights committees in the implementation of human rights frameworks and recommendations within a national context.

The Maldives as the Co-chair and on behalf of the “Friends of SIDS” group along with Australia, led a cross regional Joint Statement under Agenda Item 10 focused on the “Importance of Universal Participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the work of the HRC. The Joint Statement was co-sponsored by 33 countries.

In line with its key priorities at the UN Human Rights Council, the Maldives co-sponsored a number of resolutions adopted at this session.

The Maldives was represented at the 38th Session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Office and other International Organisations at Geneva, along with Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ms Aishath Shahula, First Secretary.

The Human Rights Council consists of 47 State Members of the United Nations, and are elected for terms of three years. In December 2016, the Maldives completed serving two consecutive three year terms as a member of the Council.