Male, 23 June 2015
The Government of Maldives notes the visit of Amnesty International representative(s) from 23 to 26 June 2015 and encourages a fair and objective assessment of the situation on the ground. We encourage cooperation, transparency, mutual respect and constructive engagement.
To that end, the Government is facilitating meetings with high-level officials of the Maldivian Government,
During Amnestyâ€™s last visit to Maldives from 17 to 22 April 2015, the Government was concerned with Amnestyâ€™s decision to meet with only officials and supporters of the opposition party, although the Government had volunteered to facilitate meetings with relevant Government officials and to arrange a visit to former President Mohamed Nasheed in prison. It is unfortunate that Amnesty did not keep in mind dates that had been communicated as convenient to the Government.
The Government reiterates the importance of constructive engagement to avoid one-sided reporting that would tarnish Maldivesâ€™ reputation without grounds and affect the stability, development and democratic progress made in the country. Again, the Government notes the biased and baseless allegations made by Amnesty International in the past.
The Maldives is still a young democracy and the Government considers its obligations towards legislative and constitutional reform as an integral part of this Government's development plans.
The Government of Maldives expects international partners to recognize the progress made and values collaboration based on constructive engagement so long as any such work does not seek to create division within the Maldivian society.
Minister Dunya said that â€śThe general human rights situation in the Maldives has been improving steadily. This Government has enacted a total of 18 key human rights legislations within a period of less than 18 months, which is an unparalleled record in the history of the Maldivesâ€ť.
The Government has so far facilitated visits to the Maldives by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Commonwealth and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and engaged with them at the highest levels. The Government has further facilitated visits to former President Nasheed in prison by the ICRC, the Commonwealth Representative as well as the delegation from the OHCHR.