Article 2 of the new 2008 Constitution of the Maldives states that ‘The Maldives is a sovereign, independent, democratic Republic based on the principles of Islam and is a unitary State…’ Article 10 (a) of the Constitution clarifies that the State religion is Islam and Article 10 (b) states that ‘No law contrary to any tenet of Islam shall be enacted in the Maldives.’ Article 17 deals with the principle of non discrimination and states that ‘Everyone is entitled to the rights and freedoms included in this Chapter without discrimination of any kind, including race, national origin, colour, sex, age, mental or physical disability, political or other opinion, property, birth or other status, or native island.’ Article 17(b) is an exception to the principle and provides for affirmative action to disadvantaged individuals or groups but does not specifically mention women.

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Year Link
Date of Signature N/A
Date of Ratification/Accession 01/07/1993(a)
Initial Report  
State Party’s Report 1999 Click here.
Concluding Observations 2001 Click here.
Second & Third Reporting Cycle  
State Party’s Report   2005 Click here.
Concluding Observations 2007 Click here.
Shadow Report- I 2006 Click here.
Fourth & Fifth Reporting Cycle
State Party’s Report 2012 Click here
Concluding Observations 2015 Click here.
Shadow Report 2012 Click here.

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