ICJ written statement highlights the urgent need for Maldives to implement UN recommendations on human rights

In advance of the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption of the outcome of its review of the Maldives’ human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the ICJ has submitted a written statement.

It highlights the Maldives’ failure to accept and implement a number of member states’ UPR recommendations.

In particular, the ICJ pointed out the urgent need for Maldives to accept and implement recommendations regarding the following issues, among others:

  • Strengthening the independence and impartiality of the judiciary;
  • Strengthening the independence and impartiality of the Judicial Service Commission;
  • Strengthening the National Human Rights Commission, in accordance with the Paris Principles;
  • Strengthening women’s representation in the judicial profession;
  • Immediately releasing former president Mohamed Nasheed and other political prisoners, and ensuring the fairness of any further legal proceedings in such cases; and
  • Safeguarding freedom of expression and media, association and peaceful assembly by investigating cases of human rights abuse and violations against journalists, civil society and human rights defenders, and taking effective measures to prevent further abuses

The Council will consider member states’ UPR recommendations for the Maldives during its 30th session on 24 September 2015, ahead of which the Maldives government will be expected to formally respond and indicate which of the recommendations it will commit to implement.

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