Equitable Access to Justice Increased and Rule of Law Strengthened Through Support to the Justice Sector, Including Judiciary, and Promotion of Human Rights


UNDP consultant providing information to the Maldives Police Service, focusing on the important elements of the police's work in providing services to the people of Maldives.

This result area ensures:

  • National dialogue and coordination on justice sector, including judiciary is strengthened and priority actions are identified and implemented
  • Disadvantaged groups are better able to demand justice remedies through professionalization of legal profession, strengthened legal aid and increased Alternative Dispute Resolution options
  • Capacity of the Judiciary and Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to fulfill their roles and responsibilities are enhanced
  • Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutor General's Office and Police are strengthened to implement justice sector reform and law enforcement
  • Investigative and analytical capacities of human rights actors including HRCM and CSOs are improved to monitor and advocate human rights and promote legal awareness

Our Work

Under UNDP’s justice sector dialogues Maldives Police Service, Prosecutor General's Office, High Court and Gender Ministry met to discuss the Victim Support System in the Maldives. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.


  • As a means to promote debate among key stakeholders in the justice sector on important topics, UNDP organized several discussion forums on topics such as community mediation, criminal justice, international law and human rights. These forums provided the opportunity, often for the first time, for relevant institutions with common objectives to come together and discuss concerns, which resulted in better understanding of the issues and renewed sense of urgency to work together among the justice sector actors. The forums opened up the opportunities for future collaboration.

  • With a view to enhance the internal efficiency of the Victim Support Unit (VSU) of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and Maldives Police Service (MPS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the VSU of PGO and MPS were developed. This resulted in change of the VSU within PGO to Witness Assistance Unit. SOPs for both PGO and MPS were approved and signed-off by senior management of both institutions.

  • In order to assess the investigative capacity of the Police Integrity Commission and to provide hands-on investigation skills, a workshop was held for 15 staff of the Police integrity Commission.

  • Awareness and skills on handling Forensic Evidence was provided during a training targeted towards HRCM and PIC staff. This was an activity conducted with coordination between justice sector institutions. The training was conducted by Maldives Police Service. There were 13 participants, including 3 staff from Police Integrity Commission.


  • A pool of trained staff has been established in the HRCM to lobby for human rights based budgeting. 20 Staff of Human Rights Commission went through training on analysis of budget from a human rights perspective. The skills learned will be used to train other stakeholders including CSOs and media to advocate for human rights based budgeting of the national budget in 2014.

  • The Maldives Police Service, the Police Integrity Commission and the HRCM agreed to introduce an informal resolution mechanism in handling complaints against the police which is a major step towards facilitating coordination and maximization of resources between the three key complaints recipient organizations. The agreement was reached at an interagency roundtable organized by IGP/UNDP between the three institutions on 18th March 2013. Introducing informal resolution would enable minor complaints to be handled at the police duty station on site and allow the oversight bodies to focus resources and attention on the major complaints including criminal activity. Formalizing this agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding is in progress.

  • To ensure police officers are better equipped in terms of elections security and in ensuring a peaceful election, a training programme on Human Rights and Elections Security for frontline police officers was developed in close consultation with the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the Elections Commission. Total 11 police officials (2 female and 9 male) participated in a week long Training of Trainers course.

  • As a follow up to the rapid assessment of crime prevention programmes in the Maldives conducted in 2012 and as a step towards building the bridge between the police and the community, a training manual on community policing was developed and a four days training of trainers was held for 14 senior police officers.
  • A three day criminal justice symposium was conducted with the objective of drawing up the road map for criminal justice reform spearheaded by the Attorney General’s Office. The symposium gathered all the main stakeholders of the criminal justice system and provided a platform to discuss challenges and identify way forward for better coordination mechanisms.

  • As part of the long term advisory support provided to the Attorney General’s Office, a Green Paper on Legal Aid was developed and public consultations are scheduled to take place in 2015 prior to drafting of the Legal Aid Bill. The consultations will specifically target underserved groups to ensure the process was inclusive and participatory

  • A conference was organized in collaboration with HRCM and other human rights actors focusing on advocacy and coordination among Non-Governmental Organizations. Participants from 22 NGOs across Maldives attended this three day conference. The conference provided a platform for NGOs to discuss and share experiences and also the challenges they face as civil society actors working in the field of human rights. The objective also included designing a strategy to better promote and protect human rights through the work of these NGOs.

  • As part of the International Human Rights Day, UNDP supported the Human Rights Fair and the high level dialogue of the Southern Atoll Councilors held as part of these celebrations. The main objective of this fair was to increase the public’s awareness on human rights issues and promote a culture of human rights.

  • UNDP conducted the first Legal and Justice Sector Baseline study in the Maldives in 2014. The intended output of the baseline study was to contribute to the identification of indicators to measure progress in the justice sector. The findings includes how the major justice sector agencies are performing in terms of effectiveness and efficiency in justice delivery, constraints and bottlenecks to undertake necessary legal reforms, how people resolve legal disputes and the challenges they face in doing so across both formal and informal justice systems.

  • A Legal Sector Resource Center (LSRC) was established at the AGO to lead the Penal Code roll out work with technical support from UNDP. This is a shared resource center for all the justice sector institutions through which all relevant training materials and resources have been developed for Penal Code implementation.

  • UNDP in collaboration with Society for Health Education, supported a capacity building program for the officers of Maldives Police Service and Prosecutors from the Prosecutor General’s Office to increase their knowledge, skills, abilities and understanding of issues of victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and violence against children. 


  • As part of the support for rolling out the new Penal Code, UNDP in collaboration with the LSRC developed a website and mobile application for the Penal Code. These platforms allow people to easily communicate with the LSRC team and ask questions about the new Penal Code.
  • A symposium on the penal code was held with the objective of sharing progress to date on the roll out of the penal code and build stakeholder awareness. Key stakeholders of justice and legal sector participated in the day long symposium. The penal code website and mobile application was launched during this ceremony.

  • As part of its work to promote human rights, UNDP supported the HRCM to conduct a Human Rights Clinic in Faafu Atoll. The clinic is designed to increase reach into the local communities, so that people are provided legal assistance as well as the opportunity to lodge any complaints they might have regarding human rights violations. In addition several awareness sessions are organized and run throughout the 5 day clinic.

  • UNDP is supporting the Maldives Correctional Service in developing the organization’s first Strategic Plan. 


YEAR 2013 TOTAL US$ 238,317
Government of Germany US$ 99,875
UNDP TRAC US$ 18,386
BCPR US$ 14,650
Government of Australia US$ 16,824
UK Foreign Office US$ 88,582
YEAR 2014 (Full Programme)
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00


US$ 125,000.00


US$ 365,100.00


US$ 37,200.00


US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00


US$ 157,000.00


US$ 21,907.00


US$ 270,000.00


YEAR 2013
TOTAL: US$ 208,539 (87.50%) 
Government of Germany US$ 97,597 (97.72%)
UNDP TRAC US$ 3,000 (16.32%)
BCPR US$ 9,407 (64.21%)
Government of Australia US$ 16,037 (95.32%)
UK Foreign Office US$ 82,498 (93.13%)

Government of Australia

US$ 428,543.00 (85.70%)

US Department of State

US$ 97,204.00 (85.64%)


US$ 103,093.00 (82.4%)


US$ 207,681.00 (56.88%)


US$ 12,652.00 (34.0%)


US$ 353,838.00 (88.45%)

Project start date:
August 2012
Estimated end date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Focus area:
Rule of law and Access to Justice
Programme Focal Point:
Ms. Aishath Rizna, ARR Democratic Governance
Supreme Court and other Courts, Judicial Services Commission, Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutor General’s Office, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, Maldives Police Service, Policy Integrity Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs