The delegation from the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) has departed this evening, after concluding a five-day visit to Maldives. The delegation was led by Ms. Mona Rishwami, Chief of Rule of Law Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and was accompanied by Associate Expert, Ms. Chiaki Ota.

The purpose of the OHCHR delegation visit was to get updates on the State Party reports to the treaty bodies, engagement with special procedures and the UN Human Rights Council and to assess how OHCHR can assist in the Government efforts to improving human rights in the Maldives.

During their visit, the delegation met with key cabinet ministers, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Attorney General H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Riffath, Minister of Home Affairs H.E. Sheikh Imran Abdulla, Minister of Gender and Family H.E. Ms. Shidhatha Shareef, Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage, H.E Ms. Yumna Maumoon, Minister at the President’s Office, H.E Mr. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of State for Environment Dr. Abdulla Naseer and other key stakeholder organisations of the Government. Meetings were also held with Speaker of the Parliament, Honourable Gasim Ibrahim and the Prosecutor General, Ms. Aishath Bisam. Additionally, the delegation also held discussions with independent institutions including the Members of the Elections Commission and recently established Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances and Prisons Audit.

Upon the request of OHCHR, the Government also facilitated unsupervised access to Former President Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom while admitted at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and Former Vice President Mr. Ahmed Adeeb at Maafushi Prison. During their visit, the OHCHR delegation also met with former Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed and former Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed, while under house arrest.