3 June 2020 –The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), organized an “Online Consultative Meeting on Tailoring the South Asia Regional Toolkit for Judges of Maldives.” The opening session included a speech by the Honourable Justice Aisha Shujune Muhammad of the Supreme Court of the Maldives. UNODC and CTED also facilitated the participation of two United States District Court judges. Over 30 judges of the Maldives participated in the meeting.
Based on recommendations developed during CTED’s first assessment visit to the Maldives in October 2019, UNODC began delivering the “Support to Maldives on Counter-Terrorism” project, with the International Criminal Police Organisation, and the financial support of the European Union.
From 2013 to 2018 CTED, with the active support and engagement of judges from all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and their implementing partner, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, developed the “South Asia Regional Toolkit for Judges: Supporting the Development of National Bench Books for the Effective Adjudication of Terrorism Cases” in response to the dramatic rise in terrorist activities globally, including in South Asia. The toolkit focuses on the region as a whole, providing practice-oriented guidance on the foundations for effective adjudication, judicial management of proceedings and international cooperation in terrorism matters. The Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) in close consultation with CTED, will work to nationalize this toolkit for use by judges in the Maldives. A similar meeting for judges in Sri Lanka was held on 14 May 2020.