26th March, Geneva; The Maldives has cosponsored a UN resolution condemning continued Israeli settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The resolution, adopted with a vote at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, states that such activity violates the fundamental human rights of Palestinians, and also represents a barrier to a negotiated peace. The Council also adopted a resolution, cosponsored by the Maldives, reaffirming the Palestinian's right to self-determination, a universal right not yet granted to Palestinians because of Israeli objections.
Speaking earlier during a debate on Palestine, Maldives Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, H.E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam called on the international community to fully recognise the right to Palestinians to self-determination and to a State of their own. Without such a State, she argued, the human rights of Palestinians will never be realised. She also once again added Maldives voice to growing international condemnation of illegal settlement activity in Palestine, activity which undermines the dignity of the people and prevents a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Maldives also, at the 19th session of the Council, cosponsored a resolution supporting the democratic and human rights transition in Libya and extending UN support for human rights protection. The Maldives has been a strong supporter of the new Libya in the Human Rights Council.