Maldives: five members of the national Human Rights Commission facing criminal charges for Universal Periodic Review submission to UN Human Rights CouncilEvent
- Initial Date
- Sep 22, 2014
- Event Description
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed its deep concern about the case initiated by the Supreme Court of the Maldives against the five members of the Human Rights Commission of the country. Following the Commission's submission of a written contribution to the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Maldives before the UN Human Rights Council, the five members of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives are facing serious criminal charges. In making a UPR submission, the Commission operated in line with international principles governing national institutions (known as the Paris Principles). The Human Rights Council specifically encourages the participation of national human rights institutions in the UPR process. The case in the Maldives was initiated suo motu by the Supreme Court through a summons issued on 22 September, and is currently under way. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the Government to firmly defend the independence of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, in line with the commitments made during the first UPR of the Maldives in 2011. The Government has a responsibility to ensure a safe operating space for the Commission and for civil society actors in the country, so that they are able to cooperate with UN human rights mechanisms without fear of reprisals. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has also written directly to the Government of the Maldives to express his concerns. The UPR of the Maldives is scheduled to be held between April and May 2015.
- Impact of Event
- Judicial harassment
- Reprisal as result of communication
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On the 22nd September 2014, the five members of the Human Rights Commission for the Maldives were issued a summons by the Supreme Court. They face serious criminal charges for submitting a written contribution to the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Maldives before the UN Human Rights Council.