27 August 2014, Male'; The Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon made the following statement condemning the widespread human rights abuses committed by IS in Iraq.
‘The Maldives strongly condemns the crimes committed against innocent civilians by the organization which identifies itself as the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (ISIL or ISIS).
“IS is using the veil of religion as a pretext for inflicting terror, and committing violations of human rights. Their philosophy blatantly violates the fundamental principles of peace, tolerance and unity which are advocated by Islam, and their actions have tarnished the world’s perception of our great religion. A religion of peace and tolerance.”
The Minister reiterated her wish for peace and progress within the Islamic Ummah and called on all to respect human life and dignity in the true spirit of Islam. Minster Dunya noted her wish for peace and stability for the Iraqi people and in the region.