United Nations

General Assembly

Distr.: General
28 December 2020
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Forty-sixth session
22 February–19 March 2021
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development

Visit to Maldives
Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment or punishment, Nils Melzer*
During his country visit to Maldives from 17 to 24 November 2019, the Special
Rapporteur was given access to facilities of deprivation of liberty throughout the country
and was able to conduct confidential interviews with detainees of his choosing, for which
he expressed his appreciation to the Government of Maldives. In his recommendations,
the Special Rapporteur urges the Government to reduce overincarceration, provide better
conditions of detention and reinforce a zero-tolerance policy on torture and other cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

* The summary of the report is being circulated in all official languages. The report itself, which is
annexed to the summary, is being circulated in the language of submission only.


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