UK ambassador ‘worried’ about Maldives

UK ambassador ‘worried’ about Maldives
December 22 17:33 2017

Britain’s ambassador to the Maldives has said he is worried about the erosion of freedoms in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

James Dauris, in a carefully worded New Year message, said he had become fond of the country since taking up his appointment.

He highlighted the successful collaboration between the two nations on education, women’s issues and security.

“I’ve seen things that worry me happen too,” said Dauris in the message issued Thursday. “The freedoms to speak, to write, to meet, to justice, to choose are ones that should really matter, to all of us. We are hoping that we will see these freedoms start to flourish again in the coming year.”

Dauris was critical of the recent decision to ban local councils from meeting foreign diplomats and officials, calling it the “latest unfortunate step” in the Maldives, and has spoken out against the detention of former defence minister Mohamed Nazim.

He also used his New Year message to talk to about damage to the environment – a possible reference to the mangroves being destroyed to make way for a regional airport – and upcoming presidential elections.

“Looking to 2018, everyone will agree that one of the most important events is going to be the presidential election. Almost every Maldivian I meet tells me of their hope that the election and the whole election process will be fair, and that voters will have a real choice and a free choice. In the UK, we share that hope.”

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4 Comments

  1. twenty three
    December 23, 11:30 #1 twenty three

    Let me tell you something ambassador. We do have freedom in Maldives. Gay right is not freedom. Its chaos as we can see from your society. And about the religion no body is forced to pray. Its up to them. U want a church here. We do not have chiristian here. Let us be a modern muslim country.
    I am not a fan of Yameen either but what have u and indian given us so far. For the past few decades we have been working with u all. Right now we like to work with china. Its our right to decide so let just it be. Even if Maldives is in Indian Ocean it dose not mean Maldives is their property.

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  2. waste of time
    December 23, 14:16 #2 waste of time

    Day late and dollar short Mr. Dauris, but thanks for pretending to care. Yammers, Podesta and Blair pvt ltd. have it all under control.

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  3. croc
    December 25, 18:53 #3 croc

    crocodile tears!

    Only a croc can shed croc tears

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  4. British Pride
    December 25, 18:59 #4 British Pride

    Mr. Dauris
    Listen up.
    Maldivains don’t fancy democracy. We are pretty sure that democracy is a scheme made by a gay men to spead their practices using people looking exactly like you.

    Your appearace is not helping 🙂

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