Keywords: SPT In-Country Visits
National Human Rights Commission
Article 44(c) of Anti-Torture Act, (23 December 2013). National Human Rights Commission Act (2004).
Shortly after the ratification of the OPCAT in 2006, Maldives appointed the National Human Rights Commission as its NPM in 2007 through the means of a presidential decree. A specific NPM unit was established within the Commission, with dedicated staff and budget.
In December 2013, after its ratification by the President of the Maldives, the Anti-Torture Act was published in the official Gazette, based on international human rights treaties, including the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol, and combining all aspects of prevention and prohibition of torture. The Anti-Torture Act, in its article 44(c), also officially designates the Commission as the NPM and makes it a legislative body.
The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visited the Maldives in December 2007 and in December 2014. Only the report of the first visit in 2007 was made public.
The SPT member Marija Definis-Gojanovic is the SPT Focal Point for the Maldives.