30 November 2015; The Government acknowledges that the protests organized by the main opposition party, Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) on 27th November 2015, themed “emancipation” have officially been announced by the party to have come to an end today.
The Government notes that the Party has placed demands on the Government, including the immediate release of former President Nasheed and some other detainees. In this regard Government reiterates that these individuals are charged with crimes under the laws of Maldives. The Government wishes to bring to notice that, and that the Maldives is a constitutional democracy with institutions founded upon in respect for the rule of law, fundamental rights and the separation of powers. It will not intervene in matters in progress at its independent judicial system. In this regard the Government appreciates and welcomes the decision of the courts to sojourn their recess, quoting reasons as being in the best interest for the country. The Government urges all its citizens to make best use of the legal and judicial system to get in ensuring their legal rights.
The Government also recognizes the importance of prevention of corruption in its democratic governance, and will continue in its pursuit to arrest all forms of corruption at every level. The Government emphasizes on its commitment towards tackling corruption and assures that it will continue to provide financial, legal and other support to the Anti-Corruption Commission, which is the constitutional and independent body tasked with preventing corruption related issues in the Maldives.
The Government also takes this opportunity to assure the people of the Maldives that it will continue to remain steadfast in its mission and pledge to maintain peace and order within the country, protecting its people, their properties whilst working towards progress and prosperity of the nation. The Government welcomes dialogues that will enhance its work of this mission and commitment to its people.