United Nations Congratulates the Maldives on Acceding to Key Human Rights Treaties The United Nations congratulates the Maldives on acceding to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

While this is a positive development towards realizing internationally recognized standards in human rights protection in the Maldives, the UN calls on the government to ensure that the provisions of these instruments are incorporated into the national law.   In this regard, the UN is encouraged by the enactment and ratification of the First Amendment to the Human Rights Commission Bill, and strongly insists that its implementation, including the appointment of members, adhere to the spirit reflected in the Bill.  The ongoing political dialogue between the government and the opposition is encouraging, as is the recent release of high-profile detainees.

The UN continues to urge the release of all remaining political detainees to maintain the momentum in this positive political climate.   While congratulating the opposition political parties for the peaceful handling of demonstrations in August and September, the UN calls for both parties to maintain this dialogue in order to promote and enhance the political reform process.  The UN reaffirms its commitment to support the realization of political reforms in the country and encourages authorities to build on the progress towards establishment of greater freedom of expression and the empowerment of civil society for greater transparency.

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“The world must advance the causes of security, development and human rights together, otherwise none will succeed. Humanity will not enjoy security without development, it will not enjoy development without security and it will not enjoy either without respect for human rights,” Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations, 2005.

Notes to Editor: For additional information, please contact Anna Senga anna.senga@undp.org or 3324501 ext 263

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