The Maldives begins its membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025 today. Maldives won a seat on the Human Rights Council following the elections held on 11 October 2022, in New York.
The Maldives membership will be guided by the principles of human rights, democracy and good governance and climate action, which underlies the basic principles of Maldives’ foreign policy. During the three years of membership, Maldives will strive to advance key areas of human rights in the true spirit of multilateralism. The Maldives membership will contribute towards strengthening national mechanisms and government institutions at all levels to mainstream and uphold human rights.
The Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva Dr Asim Ahmed will also serve as the Vice President of the Human Rights Council for 2023 representing the Asia Pacific Group.
The United Nations Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body within the United Nations System made up of 47 Member States, which are responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.