Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

Responsibilities of the Commission

The responsibilities of the Commission are as follows:

(a) Investigate complaints by aggrieved parties, and complaints submitted on their behalf by persons or organisations, alleging the violation, or aiding or abetting the violation, of human rights, and investigate where the Commission considers that such violation, or aiding or abetting a violation, has taken, or is taking, place, and investigate complaints by aggrieved parties, and complaints submitted on their behalf by persons or organisations, alleging negligence in failing to take action to halt or prevent such violation, or aiding or abetting such violation, and take appropriate action under this Act;

(b) Investigate cases of any person or party whom the Commission considers may be violating, or aiding or abetting the violation, of human rights, and investigate cases where the Commission considers there may be negligence in taking action to halt or prevent such violation, or aiding or abetting such violation, and take appropriate action under this Act;

(c) Investigate complaints alleging an administrative rule or regulation to be in conflict with human rights, and take appropriate action under this Act;

(d) Investigate complaints alleging human rights violations by a Government or private agency, and provide advice to such agencies on the steps the Commission considers appropriate to take in the matter;

(e) Develop a culture of human rights in the Maldives, and take any measures necessary to protect, preserve and promote human rights;

(f) Advise the Government on the formulation of laws, regulations and administrative rules and regulations as necessary, to protect, preserve and develop a culture of human rights;

(g) Identify existing laws, regulations, or administrative rules or ordinances that, in part or whole, contravene human rights and bring such contraventions to the attention of the Government;

(h) Advise the Government, and made recommendations as necessary, in relation to the ratification of regional and international human rights instruments;

(i) Assist, and actively participate, in the drafting of new human rights conventions;

(j) Raise awareness of human rights among the citizens of the Maldives, and others living in the country, and develop among them a culture of respect for human rights;

(k) Conduct research and carry out relevant surveys on human rights;

(l) Publicise through the media the Commission’s views, opinions and recommendations concerning the protection of human rights; and

(m) Undertake other additional activities as necessary to protect human rights.