The question thus is whether given this kind of system a particular procedure is fundamental--whether, that is, a procedure is necessary to an Anglo-American regime of ordered liberty.
In concluding remarks, Mr. Naseem thanked the Committee for its understanding and hoped that the Experts appreciated the commitment of Maldives toward implementing the Convention.
The Committee will issue the concluding observations on the report of Maldives at the end of its sixty-fifth session on 7 December. Naseem said, there was a commitment to fully cooperate with the Human Rights Commission of Maldives, which would require the review of past cases of torture and thoroughly reviewing Government systems for investigating allegations of torture to ensure that objective and independent conclusions were reached and victims could obtain justice and accountability.
The new Government of Maldives was taking a dramatically different approach to complying with its obligations under international law and was taking substantive actions to close the gap between its commitments under the Convention against Torture and its implementation in practice, concluded the Minister.
Gaer said, and noting a delay in submitting it to the Committee in time, asked which measures would be adopted to ensure timely reporting in the future, in consultation with the Human Rights Commission of Maldives and non-governmental organizations. Turning to the situation of the judiciary, the Co-Rapporteur asked for clarification on what would be done to restore an independent judiciary, which was a long-standing issue of concern, including the steps to revive the Independent Judiciary Commission which promoted the appointment and transfer of judges and magistrates.
Gaer remarked, asking whether its reports would be published separately and whether the mechanism would be authorized to undertake unannounced visits. The Committee remarked on the need to reform institutions involved in criminal justice, notably the police and prosecutors, and increase their cooperation with the Human Rights Commission in investigation of complaints of torture and cruel treatment.
Stressing that the prohibition of torture was absolute, the Co-Rapporteur asked about measures to ensure that the police, prison correction services and prosecutors were aware that a state of emergency did not represent a derogation from the absolute prohibition of torture. Turning to the protection of vulnerable groups, Ms.
Gaer remarked on a lack of effective protection mechanisms for victims of domestic violence and asked about concrete steps that would be taken to strengthen the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, especially by the police and the judiciary. Hani with concern, stressing that legitimate sanctions must be understood in the light of international law and must not legitimise various cultural practices.
On the application of the principle of non-refoulement, the delegation was asked to explain who monitored the compliance with the principle and the possibility of filing a complaint against an expulsion order, to provide refoulement-related data and statistics, and to inform on the application of fundamental legal safeguards for persons under expulsion orders such as legal aid, legal representation, and medical examination.
Hani welcomed the efforts by the Human Rights Commission to provide the Committee with relevant information, including on awareness raising and training related to the prohibition of torture and ill treatment, and asked how the impact of the training and capacity building was being measured, especially given the reluctance and opposition to change behaviours.
Conditions of detention remained an issue of concern, especially the lack of access to health services and medication, poor hygiene, and inadequate food; in fact, half the complaints submitted to the Human Rights Commission were on those grounds.
The Committee was greatly concerned about forced disappearances and murders of opposition activists, journalists and bloggers, including the disappearance in of journalist Ahmed Rilwan who wrote, inter alia, about the recruitment of youth in Maldives for the war in Syria.
FELICE GAER, Committee Co-Rapporteur for Maldives, took positive note of the commutation of all but three death sentences and the commitment to continue the year-old moratorium on the death penalty, and asked the delegation to explain the process and legal basis for the commutation.
Replies by the Delegation At the outset, the delegate stressed that the new Government of Maldives had been in place for 11 days only, and that it would do its utmost to respond to the concerns and questions that the Experts had raised. One of the reasons that had caused considerable delay in the submission of the initial report was the lack of relevant data, another delegate said, informing the Committee that to overcome this issue, a Human Rights Portal of Maldives was being established, with the support of development partners.
The Police Integrity Commission had been set up in to investigate allegations of police misconduct, while the Professional Standard Command of the police investigated all allegations of torture by police officers.
The delegation clarified that the legal changes such as removing the statute of limitations for acts of torture, amending the legal provisions which exculpated perpetrators of child sex abuse, and changing complaint mechanisms in prisons required a dialogue with stakeholders.
With regard to refoulement or extradition, the delegation stressed that the procedure never took place if there was a risk of the person being exposed to torture, inhuman, or degrading treatment. The Government was committed to establishing a psychiatric medical health care unit which would be integrated in the State hospital and would also offer services at the community level.
With regard to commutations of the death penalty, the delegation explained that previously, such power was in the hand of the President.
Maldives would continue to fully engage with the Working Group on enforced disappearance, including on the case of disappeared journalist Ahmed Rilwan. Questions by Committee Experts FELICE GAER, Committee Co-Rapporteur for Maldives, asked whether the Commission on Murders and Disappearances would also investigate acts of torture that did not amount to either a murder or disappearance, and noted that the jurisdiction of this Commission and other transnational justice mechanism was temporal and limited only to the period from 1 January to 17 November The authorities were committed to working with the Human Rights Commission on further investigating reports of children detained with the adult population.
The new Rights of the Child Bill introduced to Parliament in June contained the ban on corporal punishment and the Government would further review the Bill to ensure that it fully complied with the international obligations of Maldives under the Convention against Torture and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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