14 September 2015, Geneva, Switzerland;

The 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council has begun at Geneva, this morning. The Session will continue for 3 weeks, ending on 2 October 2015, and will deliberate on a number of issues.

The Maldives will be participating actively in the discussions, debates and the negotiations on a number of key human rights issues during the session.

The Maldives along with a core group of other states, will lead the Resolution on freedom of assembly and association, and the resolution on contribution of Parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of Maldives will also be adopted by the Council on 24 September 2015.

In line with its key priorities at the UN Human Rights Council, the Maldives will co-sponsor a number of resolutions, relating to civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights. As in previous sessions, Maldives will engage on discussions and condemn the atrocities in Syria, and also the attacks by Israel on Palestine. The Maldives will remain committed to the efforts of the State of Palestine in attaining UN membership. The Maldives will also raise the issue of the European Migrant Crisis and call for action by the international community, and especially the UN Human Rights Council.

The Maldives will be represented at the UN Human Rights Council by the officials of the Permanent Mission of Maldives to United Nations Offices at Geneva.