Maldives - OPCAT Situation
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 focused also on the development process of the NPM. The report was made public. The SPT also conducted a follow-up visit to the Maldives in December 2014.
The SPT member Lowell Patria Goddard is the SPT Focal Point for the Maldives.
Keywords: SPT In-Country Visits