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Maldives must restore ex-President Mohamed Nasheed’s right to stand for office, including the office of President, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded in a finding made public today.

In a statement, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the finding of violations of human rights was made in response to two individual complaints by Mr. Nasheed filed in 2013 and 2016.    

Mr. Nasheed, first brought to a Maldivian court in 2012, was ultimately charged with terrorism and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in March 2015.  

As a result, he was disqualified from running in presidential elections for 16 years -- the term of his sentence plus an additional three years.

The UN human rights experts found that the judicial proceedings in which Mr. Nasheed was convicted were based on vague legislation, contained serious flaws and violated his right to a fair trial under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Committee’s decision of 4 April, which was made public today, further directs Maldives to “quash the author’s conviction, review the charges against him taking into account the present Views, and, if appropriate, conduct a new trial ensuring all fair trial guarantees.”

“As a party to the ICCPR, Maldives is obliged to make full reparation to individuals whose rights have been violated. We have asked Maldives to inform us within 180 days about the measures they have taken to implement our decision,” said Mr. Yuval Shany, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee.

  Comments - 8

  • Siyabala Monday, 16 April 2018 10:09 PM

    Does sanity prevail in UN ? Because this man is always seen in Colombo . recently he was at the Royal Thomian Big match . and Often seen at Park street Mews drinking like a fish ! More often than not he is here . Ask him to run for next election here .

    Mansoor Monday, 16 April 2018 10:12 PM

    The UN has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:29 AM

    Any state that joins the UN accepts UN interference in its internal affairs when human rights abuses occur there.

    Thushara Monday, 16 April 2018 10:15 PM

    You know these UN guys are going shopping for certain nations.

    Hewawissa Monday, 16 April 2018 10:18 PM

    Extending any form of support to Mr. Nasheed is against the strategic interests of Sri Lanka.

    Mohan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:56 AM

    We should mind our business and should not get involved. We have our problems yet to be resolved.

    Nadaal Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:32 AM

    UN,EU or India always issues statements and resolutions but very few countries abide by those. If a powerful country like USA, Russia or China are behind the targeted country there is no action whatsoever. Maldives is under the protection of China and Soudi Arabia. So we can assume China and USA with the lobbying by KSA will do anything against Maldives even ifbMaldives ignores the UNHRC ruling. That s how the cookie crumbles now.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:12 PM

    There is no protection from China or Saudi. These two countries are only want-to-be-business-partners of the Maldives like many other countries.

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