The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 36th Session today in Geneva. The delegation of the Republic of Maldives delivered 18 statements, and contributed to the negotiations of the 35 resolutions and 1 decision adopted during the session. The session also established the appointment of 7 special procedure mandate holders and 7 members of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and adopted the official report for the 36th 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 other human rights situations that requires Council’s attention.  Key thematic areas covered by the Maldives delegation include, Right to water and sanitation, Rights of older persons and Enforced Disappearances. The Maldives also delivered statements at the Annual Discussion on Integration of Gender Perspective in the work of the Human Rights Council and the panel on racial discrimination on women and girls as well as a number of statements under the item on Universal Periodic Review.

In line with its key priorities at the UN Human Rights Council, the Maldives co-sponsored a number of resolutions including those on mental health and human rights, resolution on right to development, resolution on Human Rights Situation of Syria and the Decision on Extending the mandate of the Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar.

During the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, the delegation of Maldives engaged in numerous side events including pledging event for Human Rights Council Election, women’s economic empowerment, empowering children with disabilities, eliminating violence against children and rights of older persons.

The Maldives was represented at the 36th HRC Session by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives The Maldives delegation includes H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Office and other International Organisations at Geneva, Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Deputy Permanent Representative and First Secretary, Ms Aishath Shahula.

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. The Maldives is currently running for membership in the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020.