Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Joint local statement on democracy in the Maldives

Colombo, 08/04/2017 - 08:58, UNIQUE ID: 170408_1
Joint Statements

The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission and the Ambassadors of Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America

The European Union and the Embassies of Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America reiterate that legitimate opposition is a vital part of any healthy democracy. Opposition politicians ought to be able to conduct their activities without fear of intimidation or incarceration. It is critical for democracy in the Maldives that the Government respect fundamental freedoms, including freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. We will continue to monitor the respect for these freedoms, including in the run-up to the Local Council Elections.
 

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