Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Omnia Strategy

Issued By 

Male’, 16 September 2015; Omnia Strategy has been instructed by the Government of Maldives to assist in a process of review and reform of existing democratic and legal institutions, and where necessary assist in the development of new institutions to further Government capacity. The Government of Maldives is committed to advancing a transparent judicial process that is fair, and respects the rights of those subjected to it.

Part of the work undertaken has involved the on-going case of former President Nasheed whose legal team recently called for sanctions against Maldives, on his behalf.   

Cherie Blair CBE, QC, Chair of Omnia Strategy noted“The Maldives is a young democracy recently undergoing a period of transition. It is imperative that all current systems and institutions are subjected to a detailed period of review and reform where appropriate to enable the State to progress. The call for sanctions is inappropriate and unjustified. Sanctions are imposed in exceptional circumstances to force compliance with international law, where there is a threat to peace, or where they are imposed in response to a specific policy.  They ought not be used when dealing with a single case. Further, the use of such sanctions threatens the economic stability of the Maldives.”  

HE Minister Dunya Maumoon stated  “It is deeply regrettable that when the judicial institutions of the Maldives demonstrate a clear commitment to upholding the rule of law, that the threat of sanctions is advanced.  The international community is entitled to raise legitimate criticisms.  However, the appropriate forum is the courts where the matter at issue concerns a legal process.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives

Website: www.foreign.gov.mv

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