The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) determined that the juvenile detention facility established in Asseyri Prison in Himmafushi, Kaafu Atoll, is unsuitable to house minors.
According to the commission’s findings, the juvenile detention facility at Asseyri Prison does not provide adolescents with the rights and safeguards granted to them under local and international laws. It further stated that the Maldives Correctional Service has been notified that the minors must be sent to another jail to protect their rights.
The HRCM stated that during a visit to the Asseyri Prison in November 2020, the Correctional Service informed the commission that a new juvenile detention facility under construction at the prison will be finished within three months. The construction of the facility, however, remained unfinished even during the commission’s visit to the jail on September 16.
The commission stated that, on October 14, it directed the Correctional Service to relocate the juveniles in the Asseyri Prison to a safer site within 30 days and to immediately stop detaining children in the prison.
Furthermore, the Correctional Service has been directed to submit with the HRCM a strategy for the transfer of minors at the facility by October 24.