India and Maldives Officially Join AACC Members
14 January 2020

In the series of "Board of Members Meeting" of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC), the Supreme Court of India and the Supreme Court of the Maldives officially become AACC Members. The inauguration of the membership was conducted on Sunday (3/11/2019) in Nusa Dua, Bali.


In his remarks, Sharad Arvind Bobde who represented the Supreme Court of India thanked AACC members who had accepted India as a member of the association. He hopes that the membership of the Indian in the AACC can contribute to protecting human rights in Asia and exchange experiences. In his remarks, he delivered a picture of the Indian Constitution. According to him, human rights, social politics and the distribution of power became the foundation of the Indian Constitution. The values ??of equality also become important values ??in the Indian Constitution. "Our constitution safeguards the fundamental rights of the Indian people," he said.


While the Chief Justice of the Maldives Azmirlda Zahir, representing the Maldives Supreme Court, also expressed his gratitude for the acceptance of the AACC. He explained that the Maldives Supreme Court was formed as a result of changes to the constitution in 2008. In addition to forming judicial power actors, the new constitution also separated powers for the first time. This drastic change shows the development of institutions to uphold justice and eradicate corruption. "The Maldives MA ensures that this is done," he said.


With the joining of the MA in India and the MA in the Maldives, the AACC membership increased from 16 countries to 18 countries. AACC member countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Philippines, Turkey and Uzbekistan.