In 2014, the Maldives’ previously positive record on country situations was tarnished by continued opposition to the resolution on Sri Lanka and its support to a joint statement defending the crackdown in Egypt.

Voting Record in 2016

 Voting Record in 2015

2014 Analysis

The Maldives is generally an active delegation during the Human Rights Council debates on country situations, but its voting record became fragile in 2014. The Maldives voted in favor of most country resolutions presented at the Council, including all resolutions on Syria, North Korea, Belarus and Ukraine. It supported all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. It abstained on the resolution on Iran.

The Maldives’ vote against the resolution on Sri Lanka, and its support for a hostile non-action motion presented by Pakistan to adjourn the vote, blemishes the Maldives’ otherwise generally positive voting record. Another worrying move in the Maldives’ approach to country situations was its support for the March 2014 joint declaration put forward by Saudi Arabia that backed the government crackdown in Egypt, despite the massive rights violations it entailed. The Maldives’ level of co-sponsorship on resolutions addressing country situations demonstrates its principled commitment to country issues at the Council. By co-sponsoring several resolutions in its national capacity in 2014, including on North Korea, Eritrea and under Item 10, the Maldives was one of the Council members to co-sponsor the largest number of resolutions addressing country situations. Similarly, the Maldives supported the calls for the three special sessions convened this year at the Human Rights Council. It also intervened in a relatively high number of the Council’s country specific debates.

The Maldives should maintain its commitment to supporting the Council’s mandate to address country situations. It should also refrain from expressing political support to governments that violate human rights.

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014

2012/2013 Analysis

The Maldives continued to engage positively on country-specific situations and was among the Asian member states with the strongest voting record in the Council.

The Maldives voted in favor of most the Council’s country-specific resolutions. However the Maldives voted against the resolution on accountability in Sri Lanka both in 2012 and 2013 tarnishing an otherwise strong voting record. The Maldives also voted against amendments aimed at improving the Libya resolution in March 2012.

The Maldives remained a very active delegation and was one of the key supporters of the Swiss-coordinated joint statement calling for referral by the Security Council of the situation in Syria to the ICC. It also supported the joint statements on Eritrea and the joint statement on engagement on country situations. Unfortunately The Maldives did not support the statements on the human rights situation in Bahrain.

The Maldives voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

The Maldives also demonstrated its strong commitment to the Council's action on country situations by co-sponsoring a total of 40 country-specific resolutions in 2012 and 2013, the highest number of any member state in the Asia group for that period. Despite having a small delegation, The Maldives participated regularly in the country-specific debates. The Maldives should continue to play a constructive role in the Council.

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012