President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today ratified the first amendment to the Maldives Anti-Human Trafficking Act (Act no. 12/2003) which amends Article 16(b) of the Act.

Under this amendment, the number of members of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Steering Committee (NAHTSC) will be converted to 10 members from the previously stipulated 14 members. The Amendment also states that the previous committee will continue to function until the formation of the new committee, stipulated to be formed within 10 days of ratification of the amendment.

The Amendment was passed by the People's Majlis on Wednesday, 18th March 2020, at the 22nd sitting of the first session of the People’s Majlis for the year. Upon ratification, the Amendment has now been published in the ‎Government Gazette.‎