The delegation of Maldives will actively participate in the ongoing 33rd Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), declared Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that, in accordance with the priority that Maldives accords to the United Nations' Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and its mechanisms, the island nation will present constructive recommendations to 14 states which are to be reviewed at the UPR Session. The nations are Norway, Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, North Korea, Brunei, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Qatar, and Nicaragua.
The island nation is represented at the Session by the Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Dr Hala Hameed, Deputy Permanent Representative Hawla Ahmed Didi, and First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva, Aishath Shahula.
The two-week UPR Session commenced at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 6, and is scheduled to conclude on May 17, 2019.
Maldives is due to be reviewed at 36th Session of the Universal Periodic Review, in April/May 2020.
The UPR is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.
The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the UNHRC, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.