Maldives announces candidature for Human Rights Council membership

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid on Tuesday announced the candidature of Maldives for the membership of the Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025 during a high-level side event organized by the Contact Group Council Membership on the sidelines of the 43rd Human Rights Council Session.

Minister Shahid pledged to uphold the values of justice, fairness and respect for human rights, while assuring all Member States that, if elected, the Maldives will act as a voice for all countries, said the Foreign Ministry.

The Maldives was elected to the Human Rights Council for two consecutive terms from 2011-2016 and played a prominent role to protect and promote human rights in the international arena. During its tenure, the Maldives initiated dialogue on the relationship between climate change and human rights which led to the establishment of the Voluntary Trust Fund for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).