Maldives investigates sexual harassment allegations

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Maldives has launched an investigation into sexual harassment claims at the Foreign Ministry.

The Maldives Foreign Ministry confirmed that a complaint had been lodged with the Committee established in the Ministry to receive, investigate and handle all complaints relating to sexual abuse and harassment, under the Act No. 16/2014 (Sexual Abuse and Harassment Prevention Act).

The Committee is currently investigating the complaint.

The Ministry is working towards strengthening existing institutional mechanisms to address issues of sexual harassment, to ensure zero tolerance towards sexual harassment within the institution and also to ensure a safe working environment for all its staff.

Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has called for an immediate investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Commenting on accusations of sexual harassment allegedly  by the Foreign Minister to junior female staff on social media, Dunya tweeted,  “I am extremely concerned and disturbed by these allegations. Such abuse of power in any institution need to be immediately investigated to establish the veracity of the claims”.

She also underscored the importance of protecting victims of such harassment and to halt the culture of burying such cases. “The victims should be protected and perpetrators brought to justice. Our society should move beyond sweeping such serious issues under the carpet”. (Colombo Gazette)

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