Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Female Judges

In Maldive (a small island in the Indian Ocean) the president has appointed Aisha Shujoon Mohamed and Huzaifa Mohamed as the country's first women judges. They will be serving on the Civil Court and the Family Court. It all started with the suggestion of UN Special Rapporteur Leandro Despouy (basically he's the expert on human right's for the United Nations)that to the President of Maldive should appoint women judges to begin a movement for gender equality.

In the past Maldive has been criticized by human rights and women's rights groups activists for their abusive treatment of prisoners and unwarranted arrests. Last year in March the government adopted "Roadmap for the Reform Agenda" hoping to more aggressively protect human rights.

It is expected that in the next week a third female judge will begin her duties.

Peace, friends.

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