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The Maldives - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women - Death Penalty - September 2021

Date: September 20, 2021
Document: The Maldives CEDAW Women and the Death Penalty
Country: Maldives
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Death Penalty , Women's Rights
Mechanism: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Report Type: Shadow/Parallel Report

The Maldives' continued use of the death penalty undermines government efforts and commitments to end gender-based discrimination. The death penalty invites discriminatory sentences against women for adultery and other crimes of sexual immorality, as well as for acting as accomplices to murder committed by male counterparts. Capital punishment promotes negative stereotypes about women and reinforces discriminatory gender roles. The possibility of facing the death penalty also discourages human rights defenders from civic engagement on a number of human rights issues, including women's human rights.