The Maldives has officially ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED) by submitting its ratification instrument at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. This crucial Convention, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 20, 2006, stands among the nine principal international human rights treaties. Effectively enforced since December 23, 2010, CED establishes a compelling mandate for nations to proactively prevent, prohibit, and categorize the act of enforced disappearance as a severe violation of human rights.
By ratifying this Convention, the Maldives demonstrates its dedication to upholding human rights both on the domestic and global fronts. The country’s commitment is reflected in its status as a party to eight core international human rights treaties. Notably, the Maldives affixed its signature to the CED on February 6, 2007, joining a community of 72 signatory nations out of the total 98.
This milestone underscores the Maldives’ firm stride towards fostering human rights and contributing to the global effort against enforced disappearance.