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HRCM calls to implement UN-lobbied reforms against torture

Aerial view of K. Dhoonidhoo, the prison island where detainees charged with various criminal offences are held under arrest. PHOTO/PANORAMIO.COM

Aerial view of K. Dhoonidhoo, the prison island where detainees charged with various criminal offences are held under arrest. PHOTO/PANORAMIO.COM

The Humans Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has called on authorities to implement reform actions to prevent and combat torture and abuse in the Maldives as per the calls of United Nations’ committees.

In a statement released Monday to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, HRCM urged the elimination of all acts of torture, declaring that such acts should not be permitted in any nation.

The Maldives entered the UN Convention against Torture in 2004. In addition to calls to implement all reforms and amendments urged by the UN to the Maldives, HRCM has also called on authorities to submit the national report under the treaty to UN as soon as possible. However, the commission did not disclose details on the reforms specified by UN committees.

HRCM stated that the Commission received 34 cases of torture reports last year, including police brutality at times of both arrest and detention. The commission proclaimed that it had accordingly ordered the necessary reforms to detention centres and has been keeping an eye on improvements and progress.

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