The Permanent Mission of Maldives engages regularly with the Office Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR) on matters of economic and cultural rights, migrants and refugees and other human rights issues.
Maldives served as a member of the Human Rights Council for two consecutive terms (2010-2013) and (2014-2016). As the smallest members to be elected to the Council, the Maldives played an active role advocating for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Maldives is also currently holding the chairmanship for the Regional Group of Asia Pacific for the year 2017. As a small island state, it also succeeded in garnering global attention to the effects of climate and the full enjoyment of human rights as well as, resonating the voice of smaller island developing states (SIDS) on increasing their resilience and working to bring their national human rights up to international standards.
This has also served as a catalyst for national action with the initiation of integrating human rights into the country’s foreign policy in 2004. Maldives also joined the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2009 and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in 2011 ratifying all core conventions of the ILO. In 2010, Maldives passed the Disability Act allowing persons with disabilities the legal rights to obtain standardised health and social care. In the following year Maldives ratified the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC); and the election of Maldives to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in 2012 has further boosted its advocacy for gender equality and women’s rights domestically with the legal ratification of Domestic Violence Act and recent Gender Equality Act in 2015.