Maldives

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th March 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the arrest and imprisonment of former President Mohamed Nasheed in the Maldives, and allegations of police brutality and denial of legal representation in his trial.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the courts in the Maldives to deny former President Nasheed rights of appeal; and what discussions with the Commonwealth have taken place about the rule of law in the Maldives.

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We are concerned about last month’s arrest of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on charges of terrorism and increasing political tensions. The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), issued a press statement on 26 February expressing concern at the continued detention of Mr Nasheed and urging all political parties to act with moderation and restraint. It is important for international confidence in Maldives that Mr Nasheed, like all other citizens, is seen to be enjoying due legal process and respect for his fundamental rights. Mr Swire discussed these concerns again with the Maldives Foreign Minister on 6 March. He has also discussed this case with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and with High Commissioners in London. The Commonwealth made clear in a press statement on 23 February the importance of ensuring that the rule of law is respected, with adherence to due process, and in accordance with the Commonwealth Charter. We continue to monitor the situation closely.

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