A Human Rights Adviser joined the United Nations Country Team in the Maldives in November 2012. The Human Rights Adviser supports efforts to mainstream human rights and build the internal capacity of the UNCT to better support strengthening the national human rights protection systems.
A small country of almost 2000 islands spread across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has been undergoing democratic transition only since 2008. It has faced challenges in consolidating democratic institutions and culture, including the respective roles of the judiciary, executive, parliament, independent institutions and civil society. A controversial change of power in 2012 and protracted delays in holding presidential elections in 2013 have highlighted the fragility of this transition. The Maldives also remains prone to human rights impact from climate change and natural disasters. The Maldives has engaged positively with the international human rights system with a large number of treaties ratified and a standing invitation to Special Procedures.
The High Commissioner visited Maldives in November 2011. Her final statement is available here Other press releases on the Maldives are also available on OIHCHR’s website. Several Special Procedures have visited Maldives in recent years and their statements are available on this page.