Mariyam Muna has been appointed President of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), while Dr. Ahmed Adham Abdulla has been appointed Vice President.
The two were appointed by the president at a ceremony conducted in the President’s Office on Wednesday, using the powers granted to him under Section 8 of the Human Rights Commission Act.
Muna has a Master of Business Administration from Edith Cowan University in Australia. She was already a member of HRCM prior to her nomination.
She has also held a range of positions in the past, including Corporate Secretary in Asia Shipping and International Trading and other high-level positions in government and non-governmental organisations.
Adham earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Law (International Law) from the University of Wollongong in Australia. At the time of his appointment, he was already a member of HRCM.
He formerly taught public international law at Villa College. He has also received the President’s Award for Achieving the Highest Academic Qualification, as well as the Australia Leadership Award.
The selection of a president and vice president to HRCM had been postponed due to the commission’s inability to meet the constitutionally necessary number of members. With the appointment of Samau Ahmed Najeeb in October, HRCM satisfied the criterion for a five-member panel.
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