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HRCM president Eenas, member Afreen resigns

Ahmed Aiham
12 July 2020, MVT 19:24
Members of Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) being questioned by the Parliament's Gender and Human Right's Committee. PHOTO: PARLIAMENT SECRETARIAT
Ahmed Aiham
12 July 2020, MVT 19:24

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM)'s President Aminath Eenas and member Aishath Afreen, resigned from the rights watchdog on Sunday.

Their resignations came about as the Parliament's Committee on Human Rights and Gender were preparing to dismiss HRCM's members nearing the end of their five-year terms.

The remaining members on HRCM include its Vice President Mohamed Zahid, and members Moosa Ali Kaleyfaan and Naiween Abdulla.

In a motion filed during May, the Committee concluded that HRCM failed to carry out their mandate and protect the rights of Maldivians. The Committee had also noted discrepancies and false information provided by HRCM to the Committee in response to the probe.

On August 2019, the Anti-torture Report compiled by the United Nations Committee Against Torture declared that HRCM was negligent in the abuse of 22 minors under state custody.

Appointed to the commission by convicted former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on June 15, 2017, Vice President Zahid has two additional years to serve at HRCM before his term expires.

The President's Office recently opened opportunities for interested individuals to apply for positions on the commission.