Maldives Set to Proactively Engage in 44th Universal Periodic Review Session

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PUBLISHED 07 November 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives has announced its unwavering commitment to actively engage in the 44th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), aligning with the government's key policies and priorities. The Maldives intends to offer constructive recommendations during the session, scheduled to take place at the prestigious Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Universal Periodic Review is a distinctive mechanism operated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which requires each member state to undergo a comprehensive peer review of its human rights records every four and a half years. This process grants the state under review the opportunity to report on the measures taken to enhance human rights conditions within their borders and address the challenges to human rights enjoyment. Moreover, it allows fellow member states to provide constructive recommendations on how the state can further fulfill its human rights obligations. Each state's review is facilitated by groups of three states, referred to as "Troikas," who serve as rapporteurs. Notably, the Maldives, as a member of the UNHRC, has been chosen to represent the Troika responsible for reviewing Azerbaijan.

Heading the Maldives delegation at the 44th Session of the UPR is Dr. Asim Ahmed, the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva. In his capacity as the Vice President of the UNHRC, he will preside over several reviews during the session, reaffirming the Maldives' strong commitment to human rights and its active role in the international community.

This proactive stance taken by the Maldives in the UPR session underscores the nation's dedication to enhancing human rights conditions and fulfilling its obligations within the international human rights framework. The Maldives' participation as part of the Troika for the review of Azerbaijan further demonstrates the nation's commitment to shaping the global human rights landscape.

The 44th Session of the Universal Periodic Review is poised to be a significant platform for fostering dialogue and cooperation among UNHRC member states as they work collectively to advance human rights on a global scale. The Maldives' engagement in this process is a testament to its dedication to the principles of human rights and its role as an active member of the international community.