Dienstag, 21.08.2018 02:35 Uhr

Maldives: EU adopts a framework for targeted sanctions

Verantwortlicher Autor: Peter Schellinck Brussels, 06.08.2018, 18:10 Uhr
Nachricht/Bericht: +++ Special interest +++ Bericht 2494x gelesen

Brussels [ENA] On 16 July, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures against persons and entities responsible for undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives as well as persons and entities responsible for serious human rights violations. This decision makes it possible, if the situation does not improve, to impose a travel ban and an asset freez

on relevant individuals and entities. This decision is a direct follow up to the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions of 26 February 2018 on the Maldives. The Council considered that the situation was not in accordance with the principles of democratic rule and separation of powers, and indicated it may consider targeted measures if the situation did not improve. In its conclusions, the Council called on the government of the Maldives to engage with the leaders of the opposition in a genuine dialogue that paves the way for credible, transparent and inclusive Presidential elections.

The Council conclusions on the Maldives, as adopted by the Council at its 3598th meeting held on 26 February 2018, are summarised as follows. 1. The Council has followed with concern the recent deterioration of the situation in the Maldives, and calls on all in the country, in particular law enforcement forces, to act with restraint. 2. The Council takes note of the decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives, in full bench, on 1st February 2018 to call into question the validity of criminal proceedings against leading political figures and to order their immediate release. The Supreme Court has also decided on the reinstatement of 12 members of Parliament.

3. The Council underlines that the Parliament and the Judiciary should be enabled to return to their normal functioning in accordance with the Constitution. 4. The Council expects the competent Maldivian institutions to immediately lift the State of Emergency, and restore all constitutionally guaranteed rights. The Council calls upon Maldivian authorities to respect the rule of law, and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression and the right to fair trial. The Council condemns politically motivated arrests and calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

The Council also condemns any interference with the work of the Supreme Court of the Maldives and actions taken against the judiciary and the judges. 5. The Council is concerned about the possible impact of the current situation also on the security of foreign residents and visitors, including tourists. 6. The current situation is not in accordance with the principles of democratic rule and separation of powers. If the situation does not improve, the Council may therefore consider targeted measures. 7. The Council calls on the Government of the Maldives to engage with the leaders of the opposition in a genuine dialogue that paves the way for credible, transparent and inclusive Presidential elections.

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