30th September 2011, Geneva;Argentina, Switzerland, Maldives, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire today secured the establishment of a new UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice. The Special Rapporteur will work with countries which have embarked on a process of democratic transition to promote truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence in addressing gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law. The Special Rapporteur's work will be particularly relevant to countries like the Maldives which are moving forward into a new era of democracy and human rights but which must also deal with the past and ensure truth, justice and accountability for victims.

The new Special Rapporteur mandate was established by the UN Human Rights Council by consensus. In addition to looking at best practice such as national truth and reconciliation processes, the Special Rapporteur will also identify potential additional elements that could improve and strengthen the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and make recommendations concerning judicial and non-judicial measures when designing and implementing transitional justice strategies.

The Council requested that the Special Rapporteur undertake country visits and report annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

Speaking after adoption, H.E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam, Permanent Representative of the Maldives, said:

"As a country which has a recent history scarred by gross human rights violations, but which is now trying to move forward into a new era of justice and democracy, the Maldives was pleased to work with Argentina, Switzerland, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire and others on this important new mandate.

Looking to the future while dealing with the past is an enormous challenge for all countries, especially countries which are undergoing transition and which have not previously had independent judiciaries.

We therefore believe that this new mandate can help countries like the Maldives to design and implement effective truth and reconciliation processes. We look forward to inviting him or her to the Maldives".