Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

National Human Rights Institution

Overview

Accreditation status: B

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (“the Commission”) is a national human rights institution.The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (“the Commission”) was established in 10 December 2003 as an independent autonomous statutory body. The Commission is regulated by the Human Rights Commission Act 6/2006 and its objectives are to:

  • Protect, promote and sustain human rights in the Maldives in accordance with Islamic Shari’ah and the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives. 
  • Protect, promote and sustain human rights in the Maldives in accordance with regional and international conventions and declarations which the Maldives is a party to.

  • Assist and support NGOs involved in the protection of human rights.

Who can access it? 

Anyone complaining of the infringement of human rights or a representitive thereof, according to the Maldivian Constitution, may submit a complaint to the Commission for investigation. Complaints can also be filed alleging negligence in taking appropriate measures in preventing an infringement.

How does it work?

Complaints can be submitted in Dhivehi or English to the Commission:

  • Through a Toll Free Service at 1424, which will be available from morning 08:00am till 12:00 at night. Calls made after 12:00pm will be attended by a complaints officer the following day;
  • In writing where complainant must include name and postal address along with any relevant documents;
  • by filling out a hard copy of the complaint form and sending it to the Commission’s address;
  • by email where complainant must include name and postal address;
  • by fax at the +960 333 865 8 with a written complaint along with the complaint form.

Complainants can send an email specifying their name and address to the Commission if they want a complaint form delivered by post. The complaint should include the following information:

  • Complainant’s name, address and telephone number
  • Specification of who the complaint is about and contact details
  • What happened to the complainant, when it happened and who was involved
  • What law the complainant think was breached and how
  • Whether the complainant has made a complaint anywhere else and, if so, what happened

All complaints are entered into the Complaints Management System. The Commission can make inquiries and carries out investigations into complaints. The Commission may carry out field visits, inspection and observation of places of detention and make necessary recommendations. It can also summon witnesses and procure their statements. 

References 

Website of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives.

Human Rights Commission Act (Act No: 6/2006).

Functional Translation of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, 2008 

Last edited: 
June, 2015

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