Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

Press Release: PR - 020/2013

Published on 20-10-2013

The Human Rights Commission notes that some of the actions during the protests started on the 19th of October 2013 by the Maldivian Democratic Party are in violation of the Freedom of Assembly Act and outside the boundaries of freedom of expression, and that these actions adversely affected the daily life of individuals. As such, the Commission notes that the protesters;

1) Blocked the roads in Male’, Hulhumale’ and Addu City and obstructed all modes of transport in these areas
2) Obstructed some people on their way to the hospital
3) Called for inhuman and violent acts
4) Caused disturbance to school children
5) Used foul language, threw stones and involved children in some of the protests

The Commission condemns these unlawful acts committed during the protest, and calls to refrain from such actions. Furthermore, in this time of concern and unease due to the delay in holding the Presidential Election, the Commission calls upon all to exercise patience and to put national interest foremost.

The Commission further expresses concern over the Male’ City Council’s announcement that some of the services to the public cannot be provided. In this regard, the Commission thus calls upon the Male’ City Council to ensure the rights of the people by continuing to provide the services as mandated by law, without interruption.