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Maldivian Palm Tree Beliefs of the Organization:

            CED is founded on the basis of the protection of Human Rights. These are rights that every single Maldivian has, by the simple virtue of being human. These rights extend further than the basic requirements of life, sustenance and survival. In CED's view, the concept of Human Rights is directly applicable to both the provision of education and health care. Human rights is not only what exists today in the belief in 'basic' rights, but is also aspirational, encompassing everything that should be. We expand this beyond a legal concept, into an idea of what the future holds for the Republic of the Maldives. Human Rights can be classified into 'three generations of human rights' referring to liberty, equality, and fraternity. The first generation of rights are those relating to civil and political rights and the freedom from interference. The second generation of rights is based economic, social and cultural rights which include education and health care. The third generation of rights refers to the entitlement of every individual for a better life, interlinking the two preceding 'generations.' CED affirms that it is important to acknowledge every generation of human rights. And ensure that we move beyond civil rights, and acknowledge the right to education and the right to decent health care as fundamental to the development of the Maldives Islands.

            CED will place the development and betterment of the health care system and school system above civil involvement. This will be done in order to give priority to activities that will address and curtail the root causes of youth problems in the capital and the nation.

 

Justification for CED's Positions:

            The Republic of the Maldives is currently undergoing a reform process. Many feel as though the first priority of those seeking to offer aid to the Maldives should be to offer assistance in the development of democratic infrastructures and the reinforcement of democratic governance norms. Some might say that the development of education and health care will be the natural result of a more democratic system more of the views of the Maldivian citizenry is represented. However, those who focus on the promotion of civil rights, often neglect the right to development. The right to development is a relatively recent concept, having been born only a couple years before the Maldives gained its independence from Britain. It is now recognized by the United Nations and the international community and is embodied in such organizations as UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme). The right to development could be considered as either a collective right as what is now advocated by international law or even an individual right to further one's self. Though not as visible as civil and political rights, the right to development is just as integral a component.

            Community development is key to the furthering of both Maldivian society and Maldives as a nation. But as Gros Espiell states "collective development at the expense of individual development is self-defeating." The two must go hand in hand. In order to ensure that individual development is encouraged, community development must be fostered through cooperation with communities and state institutions. This is embodied in international law by virtue of the Declaration of Human Rights, as well as a number of other UN Resolutions and Charters. CED will not ignore the right to development in favor of taking action for civil and political development. Through encouraging the right of the Maldivian people to development, CED will support the aspirations of the Maldivian people to raise their standards of living.

            It is also argued that as the Maldives is a nation recovering from the recent Tsunami in South Asia, funding should go towards building up an infrastructure and addressing the problems of those who were displaced. CED agrees with this assessment, and adds that the development of health and educational facilities will aid in the recovery effort. Though CED's main objective is to ultimately affect youth concerns, its efforts will also aid in other areas of development.

 

What CED is Not:

            CED is not an advocacy group. CED supports the development of Human Rights and classifies itself as a Human Rights NGO, however, it does not support confrontation with either the government of the Maldives nor other institutions within the country. CED is not a transnational advocacy group, though it does have contacts outside of the country – unlike 'traditional' human rights NGOs, CED does not intend – nor does it support – the exertion of pressure from outside of the country in order to further its objectives.

 

Key Obstacles and Strategies to Achieve Objectives:

            One of the key obstacles to the implementation of programs is the highly politicized environment under which organizations have to operate within the country. There is also the fact that many islands are extremely remote with out even a harbor to facilitate in the transfer of goods. This is also the primary reason for why children are sent to the capital to complete their secondary education, contributing to the social degradation that is found in Maldivian youth society. Those who cannot go to the capital are often left without any schooling because the government cannot expend money on a high school when there are only a handful of students.

            In order to address this, CED proposes the development of distance learning facilities so that students in the islands will be able to enjoy their right to education as is recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. CED's health programs will also include the training of medical staff within the country. Starting with Pediatricians, who currently have no training in intensive care, once they have been given this training doctors will no longer be afraid of treating critically injured children. And instead of a normal trauma doctor, these trained pediatricians will be able to provide intensive care where the development of the child is taken into account.

            CED will also reach out to other organizations who have similar objectives. These include NGOs, as well as intergovernmental organizations like UNICEF and UNDP and even government ministries so that the greatest possible number of people receive the assistance they need. Our object cannot be to argue about which rights take precedents, but rather to put the needs of the Maldives at the forefront of our agenda. To put Maldives First.