European parliament calls for targeted sanctions over ‘dramatic deterioration’ of Maldives democracy

European parliament calls for targeted sanctions over ‘dramatic deterioration’ of Maldives democracy
October 05 17:19 2017

The European parliament Thursday adopted a resolution calling on member states to consider imposing individual targeted sanctions over “the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the Maldives and the increasingly authoritarian rule of President Abdulla Yameen”.

The resolution called on Maldivian authorities to reform the judiciary, release political prisoners, and to guarantee the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

It urged the EU to “to make full use of all instruments at its disposal in order to promote respect for human rights and democratic principles in the Maldives, including by considering introducing temporary individual targeted sanctions against those undermining human rights”.

Most MEPs observed that the situation has worsened since the EU parliament passed a resolution in December 2015 urging member states to freeze assets and impose travel bans against top officials.

Among issues of concern were the reintroduction of the death penalty, the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan, the growing number of Maldivians joining extremist groups, the suspension of one-third of licensed lawyers, and “the forcible closure of the Maldivian Majlis to its members and the harassment, intimidation and arrest of elected members of parliament”.

“I believe travel bans are an efficient tool at our disposal to hold the Maldives accountable,” suggested Ignazio Corrao, from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group.

Europeans account for nearly half of tourist arrivals to the Maldives. With the UK, Germany, Italy and France among the top markets, more than 400,000 Europeans were recorded as of August.

“The Maldivian government wants you to believe that the country is a paradise, this is simply not the case,” said Wajid Khan from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

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6 Comments

  1. Jurist
    October 05, 21:35 #1 Jurist

    It important to take actions with immediate effect as the government brutality is worsening.

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  2. Muhanma
    October 06, 00:10 #2 Muhanma

    Get out YAG👎🏽

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  3. O.B
    October 06, 11:43 #3 O.B

    Should the EU also take actions against the USA for having death penalty?
    If not, why double standard on the Maldives?

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    • Mike
      October 07, 14:01 Mike

      Clearly you don’t get the whole point. It’s not because of the death penalty only…..

      Since the coupe d’etat, Maldives has taken five or six huge steps back: from a respected country on its way to full development, to a banana republic where the judicial system can be bought with a couple of dollars, freedom of expression (and media) are reduced to almost zero and more and more fundamentalist seek refugee in your beautiful country.

      Having or implementing the death penalty is a clear sign of a countries social weakness. That weakness entered Maldives when they (the people) accepted the coup d’etat, Now the consequences are starting to be visible. In the eyes of the world, Maldives is no longer a respectable, friendly and welcoming country.

      Brace yourself because it will get worse. When executions start, when the next journalist disappears or when resorts are forced to close due to sanctions.

      The US got Trump, the Maldives was stolen by Yameen. I guess people in these countries didn’t get the government they really want, but they did get government they deserves. You want the Maldives to be respected? Then you (the people) have got to earn it!

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    • Ekaloas buddy
      October 13, 14:11 Ekaloas buddy

      The EU actually is against the practice of executions in the US. But the EU isn’t against the US as a whole, just as the EU isn’t against the Maldives, but against the malpractices of its government.

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