President Mohamed Nasheed has today met with a delegation from the International Commission of Jurists. The delegation is headed by the former Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, United Nations Human Rights Council, Mr Leandro Despouy.

Discussions at the meeting were mainly on the importance of reforming the judiciary and strengthening integrity and accountability of the judiciary.

The ICJ members noted that several challenges remained in strengthening the judiciary and discussed short and long term assistance that ICJ could provide to the Maldives.

The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights and is comprised of up to sixty lawyers (including senior judges, attorneys and academics).

The meeting was also attended by Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki and Advisor on Political Affairs Hassan Afeef.