The Maldives has announced its withdrawal from Commonwealth of Nations after received
warning from this Association because of the lack of progress of the country in
the rule of law and democracy. In response, the Republic of Maldives
accused the Commonwealth of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. About
it said in a statement published on the website
the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
“The decision to leave the Commonwealth of Nations was difficult but inevitable,”
said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the Commonwealth did not recognize the progress
and the successes that the Maldives has achieved in the development of culture
of democracy in the country and also in building and consolidating democratic
The statement said that the Maldives seem to be the Commonwealth “easy
an object that can be used, especially in the name of promoting
democracy to increase their own importance and to increase their role in
The Commonwealth “did the Maldives illegally and unfair,”
says Maldives foreign Ministry. “The Commonwealth is committed to become an active
participant in the internal political debates in the Maldives that
contrary to the principles of the UN Charter and the Commonwealth”.
Press Secretary of the government of Ibrahim Hussain Shihab said output
Maldives Association of 53 States with immediate effect,
according to ABC
The representative of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland expressed disappointment at
about this decision. “Charter of the Commonwealth reflects the commitment of its
members to democracy and human rights, development and diversity. We hope that this separation will be temporary, and
The Maldives will feel the strength to return to the family”, – quotes its
statement to Reuters.
Director of South Asian programs for Amnesty
International Champa Patel said that the government of the Maldives should be addressed
problems in the field of human rights, and not to respond to criticism that this
follows: “human Rights have been in the country in free fall
the last few years. The government jail opponents using
politically motivated courts and unprecedented tightened the bolts in
independent media,” she said.
In September, the Commonwealth issued an official warning to Maldives.
Disagreements with the Commonwealth, as noted in the statement of the foreign Ministry of Maldives
began in 2012 when the first democratically elected leader
of the Republic Mohamed Nasheed in the midst of a political crisis was under
the pressure of the army and the police dismissed. It happened after
he ordered the arrest of the head of the Criminal court Abdullah
Mohammed, who was accused of executing the orders of ex-President
Momuna Of The Maldives, Abdul Gayoom.
In March 2015, Nasheed condemned on charges of terrorist
activities for the orders to 13 years in prison. Freed under
pressure from the international community from prison, he left for treatment
in the UK, where it received
political refugee status and in June announced the merger of the opposition
to overthrow Yamina.
Most of the opponents of Yamina arrested, the opposition accusing the authorities
corruption and money laundering. In July 2016, of Yamin returned the death
penalty, despite the appeals of human rights activists and Western countries.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental Association of 53
sovereign States, most of which are former British