Status of ratification of key international instruments

Maldives is a party to almost all the major international human rights instruments including the two Covenants and the SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution. However, the Government has not signed or ratified international instruments directly related to migration and trafficking, such as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Palermo Protocol) (see table 1). Of note, the Government is reviewing the two instruments mentioned above for possible ratification/accession.