Malé, Maldives – The Office of Ombudsperson for Transitional Justice has declared 20 job positions in the office.
The newly established office announced the high paying job opportunities on 18 April 2021. These include Legal Officers, Research Officers, Management Officers, Victim Support Officers, Investigation Officers and Mediation Officers along with some other positions. The basic salary of most of these jobs are MVR 15,000, while service allowance goes up to MVR 5,000 and MVR 6,000.
The newly selected Chief Ombudsperson Abdul Salaam Aarif complained about the low salary allocated the Chief Ombudsperson. His basic salary is MVR 25,000, and allowance is MVR 12,500 which adds up to a total of MVR 37,500.
The Office of Ombudsperson for Transitional Justice was established on December 17, 2020. The management of the office were selected on January 15th of this year. While N. Maafaru. Abdul Salaam Arif was appointed as Chief Ombudsperson, Jihaadha Anees and Mariyam Laiza were selected as Ombudspersons.
The Transitional Justice Act sanctions investigations into wrongdoings by state authorities, heads of agencies, or individuals in power, which resulted in human rights violations between January 1, 1953 to November 17, 2018; between first President Mohamed Ameen and former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s government.
The Office of Ombudsperson for Transitional Justice is an autonomous legal entity vested with powers to communicate, file lawsuits and receive court charges. The office is mandated to secure compensations for people whose human rights were violated due to systematic abuse.
This office, which has the right to investigate any case, was in the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s manifesto. The public share concerns that the many offices and committees and presidential commissions that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih created thus far has made no measurable impact and no justice has been served.