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Workshop on Universal Periodic Review Prepares Stakeholders for the Next Cycle

The Human Rights Adviser’s team at UN Maldives supported a workshop organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) to prepare stakeholders for the up coming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Maldives in May 2015.  The one-day workshop was designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of importance of and the processes of the UPR, focusing on the role of NHRIs and CSOs and the procedures of the stakeholder submissions.

A total of 21 individuals attended the workshop, including staff of the HRCM and civil society representatives from organisations working in the areas of civil and political rights, child rights, the advancement of women, disability rights..

The workshop gave special emphasis to the differences between the 1st and the 2nd UPR cycle and  focused on the role of NHRIs and NGOs through – out the 4 and half-year cycle. HRCM member, Ms. Jeehan Mahmoud, staff from the Commission and CSO representatives also reflected on the lessons learnt from the 1st UPR cycle and discussed on strategies for the up-coming cycle. The workshop was part of the ongoing efforts of the Human Rights Adviser’s team to support the preparation of stake holders for the second UPR cycle.

The first Universal Periodic Review of the Maldives took place in November 2010, where the country accepted 100 out of 134 recommendations. The second review of the Maldives will take place at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council in May 2015, where progress on implementation of recommendations and new and emerging human rights issues in the country will be addressed.

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