President ratifies Transitional Justice Act

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: President's Office

Male’, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday 17th December, has ratified the Transitional Justice Act (Act number: 28/2020)

The Act was passed by the Parliament on 29 November 2020, at the 23rd sitting of the third session of the Parliament of Maldives. The key goals of the Transitional Justice Act are to end the culture of impunity and strengthen the rule of law, thereby strengthening democratic governance. It sanctions investigations into past wrongdoings by state authorities, heads of agencies, or individuals in power, which resulted in human rights violations.

Ombudsperson’s Office tasked with overseeing transitional justice related measures has been established following the ratification of the Transitional Justice Act (Act number:28/2020). The establishment of the Office of Ombudsperson for Transitional Justice is mandated under section 4A of this Act.

The directive also specifies that the number 486 should be used in all official letters sent to the Office of Ombudsperson for Transitional Justice, under the numbering system for state agencies.

The Transitional Justice Act further provides specifics regarding the powers and functions delegated to the Ombudsperson’s office, further clarifying that the office’s function must be carried out in complete autonomy under the purposes stipulated in the law without any prejudice or influence. Following the ratification of the act, it has now been published in the Government Gazette.