Maldives pulls out of Commonwealth

13 October 2016 05:09 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Maldivian Government today announced that it would leave the Commonwealth, a collection of countries made up largely of former British colonies, citing the organisation had taken punitive actions against the Maldives despite the progress made by the country to strengthen democratic institutions.

Issuing a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Maldives said the decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable.

“The Maldives joined the Commonwealth in 1982 with high hopes and expectations, convinced that the organisation will be an arena for coordinating critical issues that the member States, in particular, the smallest members of the organisation face.

Since 2012, the Government of Maldives has been giving maximum cooperation to the Commonwealth, shown maximum transparency, and engaged with the Commonwealth at the highest levels.

The Government had high hopes that such level of engagement will produce fruitful results. Regrettably, the Commonwealth has not recognised that progress and achievements that the Maldives accomplished in cultivating a culture of democracy in the country and in building and strengthening democratic institutions.

The Government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has enacted a total of 110 pieces of legislations. Out of which, 94 legislations were directly related to the core values set out in the Commonwealth Charter. An overwhelming majority of these legislations (69 out of 94) were specifically designed to promote human rights, to strengthen democratic governance, and to reinforce the separation of powers. These achievements have resulted in strengthening the rule of law and produced tangible outcomes in strengthening democratic institutions in the country.

The Commonwealth has sought to take punitive actions against the Maldives since 2012 after the then President of Maldives resigned, and transfer of power took place as per the procedures set out in the Constitution. The Commonwealth’s decision to penalise the Maldives was unjustified especially given that the Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI), established with the help of the Commonwealth, found that the transfer of power in the Maldives was consistent with the constitutional provisions.

Since then, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the Commonwealth Secretariat have treated the Maldives unjustly and unfairly. The Commonwealth has sought to become an active participant in the domestic political discourse in the Maldives, which is contrary to the principles of the Charters of the UN and the Commonwealth. The CMAG and the Commonwealth Secretariat seem to be convinced that the Maldives, because of the high and favourable reputation that the country enjoys internationally, and also perhaps because it is a small State that lacks material power, would be an easy object that can be used, especially in the name of democracy promotion, to increase the organisation’s own relevance and leverage in international politics,” the statement said.

The government however reassured that its international engagement would continue both bilaterally and multilaterally.

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  • Vimal Carlos Thursday, 13 October 2016 05:16 PM

    You guys shuld know what an Islamic country that has not a US/EU friendly goverment will be punished very hard.Mark my words.Your goverment will be overtrown Your country will have alot of negative propaganda against you in western media

    Chaminda Thursday, 13 October 2016 05:26 PM

    Sri Lanka must follow suit.

    Madiya Thursday, 13 October 2016 05:29 PM

    Sri Lanka too would have done the same had MR won the last presidential election . Lucky the people desposed the man.

    dd Thursday, 13 October 2016 06:26 PM

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    Mason Thursday, 13 October 2016 06:41 PM

    The Commonwealth does not serve any useful purpose to anyone, but for guys like MR to spend millions and boost their fading image, which anyway was a failure. It will do good to all to disband the organisation.

    jolly bird Thursday, 13 October 2016 06:50 PM

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    Arnold Friday, 14 October 2016 10:45 AM

    Who cares.

    Arnold Friday, 14 October 2016 10:47 AM

    Commonwealth an association which takes pride in their past as slaves of the British.

    Haris Friday, 14 October 2016 10:53 AM

    The commenwealth is an organisation to remind the colonies who there master was. I serves no economic benefits for its poorer members other than to waste money trying to live up to the past masters values.

    rosebud Friday, 14 October 2016 11:08 AM

    Whom has the Commonwealth ever benefited -- besides its employees and the UK via DM Android App


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