COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION
OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
2-27 August 1999
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF
Concluding observations of the Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination
314. At its 1343rd meeting,
on 9 August 1999 (see CERD/C/SR.1343), the Committee reviewed the implementation
of the Convention by Maldives on the basis of its previous report (CERD/C/203/Add.1)
and its consideration by the Committee (see CERD/C/SR.944 and 950). The
Committee noted with regret that no report had been submitted to the Committee
315. The Committee also regretted
that Maldives had not responded to its invitation to participate in the
meeting and to furnish relevant information. The Committee decided that
a communication should be sent to the Government of Maldives setting out
its reporting obligations under the Convention and urging that the dialogue
with the Committee should be resumed as soon as possible.
316. The Committee is aware
that a new Constitution came into effect on 1 January 1998, containing
provisions for the protection of certain civil and political as well as
economic, social and cultural rights. The Committee is interested in receiving
the relevant information from the State party, particularly with respect
to any guarantees of equality and protection against racial discrimination.
317. The Committee appreciates
the efforts of the State party in the field of education, with a literacy
level accounting for 93.2 per cent, making the Maldives one of the leading
countries in Asia in this respect.
318. The Committee requests
further information in connection with the statements to be found in paragraph
1 of the fourth periodic report (CERD/C/203/Add.1) to the effect that
"no form of racial discrimination exists in the Maldives based on race
or any other differences among the population", and that "therefore, no
specific legislation is required to implement the provisions of the Convention".
319. The Committee also requests
further information from the State party on the situation of the migrant
workers and foreigners and, in particular, whether they enjoy the protection
of the Convention.
320. The Committee suggests
that the Government of Maldives avail itself of the technical assistance
offered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, with the aim of drawing up and submitting a report without any
delay, drafted in accordance with the reporting guidelines.