The United Nations continues to express concern over the current political situation in the Maldives, following more arrests of those critical towards the government.
In his briefing, UN spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric said that his office continues “to be concerned over the unfolding situation in the [Maldives], including the reported house arrest of SDG youth leader Safaath Ahmed”. Ahmed is a women’s rights activist, and is among 17 people selected for the inaugural class of UN Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals.
“We reiterate our call for the lifting of state of emergency and dialogue to solve the current crisis,” added the spokesperson.
Five protesters were arrested at a youth rally on Saturday. They were calling to implement the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling this month. While Safaath, along with opposition MDP’s youth leader Meekail Naseem were put under house arrest for five days, following the arrest, the rest were given a detention of five days.
In addition, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth also expressed concern over the arrests and current situation in Maldives, calling on authorities to release the detainees and to lift the state of emergency.
“Young people’s political rights should be respected everywhere,” it added.
Concerned about the situation in #Maldives. Echoing @antonioguterres call to lift the state of emergency & dialogue to solve current crisis, I urge the authorities to release SDG young leader @safaathahmed and others. Young people’s political rights should be respected everywhere— UN Youth Envoy (@UNYouthEnvoy) February 13, 2018
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had, on Monday, said that the rule of law in Maldives is under siege and that “this direct attack on the Supreme Court undermines its legitimacy and independence, and casts serious doubt on its ability to protect constitutional principles and to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms”.