28 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland; The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 39th Session today in Geneva. The delegation of the Republic of Maldives delivered 13 statements, and contributed to the negotiations of the of the 23 resolutions and 1 decision adopted during the session. The Session also established the appointment of 3 Special Procedure Mandate holders and adopted the official report for the 39th Session.

The Maldives delivered statements on thematic discussions covered in the Programme of Work including the Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human rights situations in Myanmar, human rights situation of Occupied Palestine Territories, Syrian Arab Republic and the human rights situations in countries that requires Council’s attention. The Maldives also aligned with the statements delivered by OIC at the Council under these agenda items. Key thematic areas covered by the Maldives delegation include, Right to Development; Rights of Older Persons; human rights and water and sanitation and Hazardous waste.

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

During the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council, the delegation of Maldives participated in several side events including co-hosting a side event with the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh sponsored by Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Pakistan on the systematic human rights violations against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and a way forward to address the situation. Ambassador Hala Hameed participated as a panelist at this side event and presented her remarks on “The Plight of Rohingya Women: The Urgent Need for Victim Support.”

The Maldives was represented at the 39th HRC Session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives. The Maldives delegation led by H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations at Geneva includes Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Deputy Permanent Representative, First Secretary, Ms Aishath Shahula and Ms Mariyam Suha, Senior Desk Officer of Ministry of Foreign Affairs  among the members of the delegation.

In December 2016, the Maldives completed serving two consecutive three year terms as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.