Amendments proposed to the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

Hinnavaru MP Jeehan Mahmood. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Hinnavaru MP Jeehan Mahmood has presented amendments to the Anti-Human Trafficking Act of the Maldives so that the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee formed under the Act would be reduced in size.

Jeehan noted that it has been three years since the committee last held a meeting and contradiction of interests between members of the committee that sometimes led to a loss in quorum had led her to propose these amendments to stabilize the committee.

The Act currently states that the committee must be made up of 14 members. They include a member from Parliament, a Justice of the Supreme Court, a member from the HRCM, a representative from the Islamic Ministry, a representative from the Foreign Ministry, a representative from the Home Ministry and an attorney of the Attorney General’s office among others.

MP Jeehan proposed to withdraw the Supreme Court Justice, member of the Parliament, HRCM member, representative of the Islamic Ministry and the representative from the Foreign Ministry.

The amendments proposed to cut down the number of the members of the committee which will result in an easement to carry out its duties, according to MP Jeehan.