The National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has conducted a monitoring visit to Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial. During the visit, which was carried out from 22nd to 23rd December 2021, the National Preventive Mechanism met with senior officials, staff, and detainees at Dhoonidhoo Custodial.
The main purpose of the visit is to monitor whether those detained, including children under the age of 18 held at Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial, are subjected to any acts of violence, inhuman or degrading treatment, and violations of human rights guaranteed in the Maldives. This visit is also aimed at assessing the situation of human rights of detainees and employees of Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial, assessing the status of the employees working in Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial, identifying the difficulties faced by the employees, and determining the physical status and general condition of Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial.
A quick report on the findings of the visit will be shared with Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial, Maldives Police Service, and other relevant authorities. A meeting will be held with Maldives Police Service to discuss the findings and recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism.
The Commission's National Preventive Mechanism has conducted 10 different visits to the Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial from 2009 to 2020, and submitted a total of 82 recommendations. The visits included monitoring, follow-up, thematic, and virtual visits. Dhoonidhoo Police Custodial is the largest detention facility in Maldives.