Political rights

US urges Maldives to guarantee civil and political rights

The United States also expressed concern over reports of continued politically motivated arrests and called on the Maldives to provide all of its citizens with due process.

The United States also expressed concern over reports of continued politically motivated arrests and called on the Maldives to provide all of its citizens with due process.

The FBI has found ‘no conclusive evidence’ of a bomb blast on the Maldivian president’s boat, the US said on Sunday as it warned the island’s government of the state emergency measures and provisions of the recently enacted anti-terrorism law that could be used to target adversaries.

Disputing the Maldivian government’s findings on the explosives, the US State Department spokesperson said there was no conclusive evidence the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

“Based on the FBI’s analysis – which included forensic analysis of the scene, analysis of items recovered from the scene and chemical testing – there is no conclusive evidence to attribute the explosion on the boat to an IED,” the spokesperson told PTI.

“The specimens submitted were determined to be components of the boat and not components of an IED,” he said.

President Abdulla Yameen emerged unscathed from the explosion on his official boat on September 28 that slightly injured his wife and led to the arrest of his deputy, Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

On November 4, President Yameen declared a 30-day state of emergency citing a national security threat and gave sweeping powers to the security forces while suspending the right to freedom of movement and assembly after the discovery of weapons and explosives near his palace.

The United States has also warned the Maldives against provisions of the new counterterrorism law passed last week that can be used to target political opponents.

“We are concerned that the provisions of the anti-terrorism law passed in the Maldives last week and the ensuing state of emergency may restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the department’s spokesperson said. State.

“Freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly must be protected in the fight against terrorism and we are concerned that these measures could be used to target government critics,” the spokesperson said.

As such, the United States urged the Maldives to prevent abuses and ensure that civil and political rights are respected.

The United States also expressed concern over reports of continued politically motivated arrests and called on the Maldives to provide all of its citizens with due process.

Responding to a question about the status of former President Mohammed Nasheed, the spokesman said the United States was troubled by his ongoing imprisonment.