The Parliament, on Monday, sent the motion for dismissal of members of Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) to the Human Rights and Gender Committee for review.
The motion was declared on the parliamentary floor at the virtual sitting on Monday morning.
The motion for dismissal of HRCM members had been initiated by the HR and Gender Committee itself. However, an amendment to the Parliament’s Standing Orders requires that no-confidence motions against State officials to be declared on the parliamentary floor by the Speaker before relevant parliamentary committees may officially proceed with the motions.
HR and Gender Committee concluded its review into the work of the HRCM in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last week. It found the commission had failed to do sufficient work towards protecting the rights of the people.
The committee wrote in its report that the HRCM had been slow in initiating efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to other institutions. And that other institution had conducted more satisfactory work in that regard than HRCM, despite having fewer resources at their disposal.
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HRCM:
The committee said that HRCM, as the national watchdog for human rights, was required to be the most active institution in protecting human right. It said that the commission needed to employ swift action in fulfilling its responsibility as the national watchdog, especially in light of the loss in employment and livelihoods of thousands, which threated the Maldives’ social security.
The committee also highlighted on prior allegations against HRCM and individual HRCM members. That includes failure to conduct a sufficient investigation and take action in response to abuse of children in the shelter – Kudakudhinge Hiyaa – in the hands of staff members, and lack of action in response to allegations of arbitrary detentions and other rights violations suffered by politicians during the former administration.
The committee also noted that the Parliament had voted in favor ofappointing HRCM member Moosa Ali Kaleyfaanu after a corruption case had been lodged against him with Prosecutor General’s Office.
HRCM is composed of: