Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Joint local statement on the renewed arrest of MP Faris Maumoon

Colombo, 30/01/2018 - 12:30, UNIQUE ID: 180130_5
Joint Statements

The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Missions resident in Colombo and accredited to the Maldives i.e. British High Commission and the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Romania

The renewed arrest of MP Faris Maumoon shortly after he was conditionally released from prison, having being held for nearly six months without any trial date on separate charges, further indicates how detrimental to the rule of law and good government in the Maldives a breakdown of the principle of separation of executive, judicial and other powers would be.

We call on the responsible authorities in the Maldives to take immediate steps to restore and uphold the principles enshrined in the Constitution in the interests of all Maldivians.  We also urge them to demonstrate genuine commitment to credible, transparent and inclusive election and pre-election processes, with the full participation of all political parties.

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