25March 2013, Geneva; The UN Human Rights Council has concluded its 22nd session in Geneva, with the adoption of a number of resolutions on the rights of the child, prevention of torture,protecting human rights defenders,the role of parliamentarians in the work of the Council and country specific human rights situations in Syria and also in Sri Lanka.



The session began on 25th February with the Opening Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights H.E. Navanethem Pillay, taking stock of the situation of human rights around the world and elaborated on a number of important thematic areas of concern which the Council should consider in its deliberations. The Maldives delegation to the 22nd Session was led by H.E. Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Minister for Environment and Energy. She was accompanied to the Human Rights Council by H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. In her opening address to the Council, Minister Shakeela, identified fundamental elements in the work of the Council for the Maldives to take note of, and reiterated the Government's commitment to promote and protect human rights in the country. The delegation also launched the re-election campaign of the Maldives to the Human Rights Council for the term 2014-2016.

The Maldives followed closely a number of key resolutions in the Council and actively took part in negotiations on Syria, the role of parliamentarians and also on the resolution on combating intolerance. The Maldives supported Sri Lanka, on the resolution which was tabled in the Council by the United States focusing on the situation of human rights in that country. The Maldives also supported all Palestinian resolutions in the Council, and spoke in favour of the plight of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories.

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