The 45th Session of the Human Rights Council begins this morning in Geneva, Switzerland. The Session is scheduled to continue for three weeks, from 14 September to 6 October. The Session will follow hybrid concept of both in person meetings and video conferencing.

The Maldives delegation will actively engage in Interactive Dialogues, Genera Debates, Panel Discussions and participate in discussions of key resolutions. The Maldives, as part of OIC and the Non-Aligned Movement, has shared concerns of the human rights atrocities that are escalating around the world and will address some of these concerns during this Session as well. In this regard, the Maldives will deliver national statements on the discussion on the issue of human rights situations in Palestine and on the Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar.

The Maldives as the Co-chair and on behalf of the “Informal Group of SIDS”, along with Haiti, will also lead a cross regional Joint Statement under the Biennial panel discussion on the right to development, and General Debate Item 10 on Technical Cooperation. Maldives, with Netherlands will also deliver a Joint Statement under item 2 General Debate from the Contact Group on Council Membership. As part of the Core Group on Environment, Maldives, along with Costa Rica, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland will also be delivering a Core Group Joint Statement under Item 3 General Debate.

The Maldives’ priorities at the UN Human Rights Council include women’s rights, climate change and environment, and rule of law and democracy. The Maldives will actively engage and co-sponsor several resolutions at this Session.

The Maldives will be represented at the UN Human Rights Council by His Excellency Dr. Asim Ahmed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The Maldives’ delegation includes Ms. Hawla Ahmed Didi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva, and Ms. Shahiya Ali Manik, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The Maldives has served as a Member of the Council for 2 conservative terms of 6 years until 2016. Maldives is currently an observer member of the council. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, made up of 47 members who take the responsibility for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.

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The Government of Maldives today received a donation of essential personal protective equipment and other medical supplies from the Shanghai Construction Group (SCG) of the People’s Republic of China, towards the ongoing efforts in the Maldives to combat the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, the donation was received by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives. On behalf of Shanghai Construction Group, Mr. Li Huanbin, SCG Project Manager and Mr. Shi Wanchun, Representative of SCG in the Maldives handed over the donation. The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Zhang Lizhong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Maldives.

The donation includes essential personal protective equipment, namely, 20,000 medical masks, 10,000 pairs of medical gloves and 500 PPEs. This donation will be an added boost to increase the capacity of frontline workers in the country.

Speaking at the ceremony today, Foreign Minister Shahid emphasized the warm relations between Maldives and China, and mentioned that China continues to be one of the most important international partners of the Maldives. Minister Shahid in his remarks, said that the Maldives will strive to strengthen its existing bilateral ties with China and to work together internationally not only to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also towards the economic recovery efforts as well.

On behalf of the Government of Maldives, Foreign Minister Shahid expressed his gratitude to the Shanghai Construction Group and to the Government and the people of China for the continued support and goodwill extended to the people and the Government of Maldives at this challenging time.

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The Government of Japan has provided a grant aid package of 128 Million Japanese Yen (USD 1.2 million) to the Maldives to further promote human resources development in the country. The Minister of Higher Education His Excellency Dr. Ibrahim Hassan and Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki signed the Agreement today at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Higher Education. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Embassy of Japan in Maldives and JICA attended the ceremony.

It was during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to Japan in October 2019 that the Government of Maldives expressed its interest to explore the possibility for obtaining scholarships for Maldivian students to undergo higher studies in Japan. In August this year, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Her Excellency Keiko Yanai, Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives concluded the Exchange of Notes relating to the grant aid, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under the agreement that was signed today, JICA will extend six fully funded scholarships for Maldivian students per year, for a period of four years.

The Government of Japan has always been a consistent partner of the Maldives and has contributed immensely to the development of the social, environment and education sectors of the Maldives. It continues to provide development and technical assistance to the Maldives during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of condolence to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, His Excellency Mohammad Haneef Atmar following the terrorist attack targeting the convoy of the First Vice President of Afghanistan His Excellency Amrullah Saleh.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is with deep shock and sadness that I received the news of yet another terrorist attack, this time targeting the convoy of the First Vice President of Afghanistan, His Excellency Amrullah Saleh. The Maldives strongly condemns this heinous act of terrorism.

The Government and the people of Maldives stand against all acts of terror and violence perpetrated against innocent people.

At this time of tragedy, I convey my deepest condolences to Your Excellency, the Government of Afghanistan and to the families who lost their loved ones, and profound sympathies to all those wounded in the horrific incident.”


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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of felicitation to His Excellency Sirodjiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan on the occasion of the 29th Independence Day of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

"It is my pleasure to extend warm felicitations and good wishes to your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Tajikistan on the joyous occasion of the 29th Independence Day of the Republic of Tajikistan.

I sincerely hope that the relations existing between our two countries will further strengthen in the years ahead.

Please accept my best wishes for Your Excellency’s good health and success, and continued peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Tajikistan."

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