Stating that the demands for intervention were a threat to Maldives’ independence and security, the statement called on all parties to “refrain from such calls”.
In a recent interview, Nasheed said that one of his priorities on returning to power would be to spearhead an international convention against ‘land grab’ by foreign countries in the disguise of investment.
In an interview to The Wire, former president Mohamed Nasheed talks about the current crisis in Maldives, his request for military backing from India, and more.
As the situation does not meet the requirements articulated by the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, unilateral military intervention would fall foul of Article 2 of the UN charter.
The Yameen administration has said there are contradictions in a recent judicial ruling that calls for the immediate release of nine political prisoners, including the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed.
Clashes between the police and protestors broke out after the government did not implement the court’s order.
The assurance was given by Maldivian foreign minister Mohamed Asim during talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
President Abdulla Yameen’s pro-India statements came after reports that there were doubts in New Delhi on the Maldives’ decision to sign an FTA with China.
China already has an FTA with Pakistan and is currently negotiating a deal with Sri Lanka.
Mohamed Nasheed spoke to The Wire about India’s quiet signals to the Maldives, why he doesn’t want to push Yameen out “forcefully” and the “new direction” of the opposition campaign.
This is his first Indian sojourn since he left the Indian ocean island nation in January 2016.
The UN and Amnesty International urged the government not to reintroduce the death penalty by hanging, citing concerns about guaranteeing fair trials.
Raajje TV has been charged under the Maldives’ new and tougher defamation law, which the international community has described as posing a threat to the media, opposition and freedom of speech.
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The vote to remove the speaker was an important test for the newly formed alliance between ex-president Mohamed Nasheed and former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, with an eye on the 2018 presidential elections.
The opposition and journalists have drawn the government’s ire by raising suspicion over a plan to allow Saudi Arabia develop a township on an inhabited atoll.
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Besides rethinking its financial contributions to the body, India is concerned that Commonwealth secretary-general Baroness Patricia Scotland will work only towards promoting the agendas of UK, Australia and Canada.
The parliamentary vote endorsed the exit, but it was approved by only 39 lawmakers while 19 voted against, including six from Yameen’s own party.
The archipelago had been warned of suspension if it failed to encourage political dialogue, release opposition leaders and improve democratic institutions.
The decision comes as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group last month warned the Maldives that in the absence of substantive progress in rule of law and democracy, it would consider its options, including suspension
The deteriorating political and human rights situation under the Yameen government has drawn censure from the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, but thus far, India has remained silent on the issue.
Local media say Dunya Maumoon quit over the conflicts between her father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his half-brother President Abdulla Yameen.
Umar Naseer, who resigned as home minister over differences with President Abdulla Yameen, has announced he will run for president.
The probe and trial around the murder of the prominent politician four years ago raises questions about three troubled aspects in the Maldives – the judiciary, politics and religion.
Through talking to many of the participants of the 1988 operation, Sushant Singh paints a picture that is both informative and readable.
The Maldives United Opposition denounced the trial as flawed and “deeply unfair”, claiming that it was politically motivated.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed will lead a “united opposition” partnership alongside former Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and political parties whose leaders have been jailed by President Abdulla Yameen.
The Maldives’ first democratically elected president was allowed to go to Britain for medical treatment after the government came under international pressure to let him leave.
Unless this politics of radicalisation is managed, it will be difficult to address the real issue of religious radicalisation and “Islamisation” of non-religious radicals.
India will not push the Maldivian government too far, lest it rolls into China’s lap. But it remains unhappy with Malé’s seemingly arbitrary actions, especially the jailing of opposition figures.
“India is the most important friend of Maldives… Maldives pursues an India-first foreign policy… Maldives’ security is intimately linked to the security of India”, President Abdulla Yameen told reporters in New Delhi.
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The Maldivian opposition is unhappy but New Delhi’s desire for rapprochement is driven by China-linked strategic concerns.
India sending the odd battle-fleet or the odder battle-axe of a minister to Maldives is unlikely to wean the island nation from the Chinese nor will it provide the security the archipelago needs.
Given the recent past, New Delhi could not have done much to erase the suspicions of the Maldives leadership. However, a visit by Prime Minister Modi might have helped ease them somewhat.
The Maldives has amended its constitution to allow foreign nationals and entities the right to own freehold land, including entire islands, a move that some Maldivian legislators say will turn the Indian Ocean nation into a “frontline state” in a “new Cold War” between India and China. A set […]