State failed to follow majority of February 8 recommendations: HRCM

Independent institutions and the government have failed to implement the majority of the recommendations given by following a investigation into human rights violations during a brutal police crackdown on opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) protesters on February 8, the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has said.

Even after one and a half years, only three of the 17 recommendations regarding systemic issues have been fully implemented, HRCM President Mariyam Azra said at a press conference today.

The commission has not yet revealed which of the recommendations were implemented fully, or how much of the other specific recommendations have been implemented.

The report dated 28 May 2012 contained a total of 28 recommendations, 14 involving the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and seven involving the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).

Other institutions that the HRCM had proposed recommendations to were Maldives National Defense Force MNDF), the Department of Judicial Administration, Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) and Ministry of Education.

HRCM recommended the the MPS and PIC investigate the “disproportionate” use of force in violation of police regulations . The report also stated that legal action should be taken against the officers responsible for such offences.

Both the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to investigate the transfer of power and the PIC had made similar recommendations regarding the police service.

Members of the PIC have labeled actions of some police officers on February 6, 7 and 8 as crimes and have asked the Prosecutor General to prosecute officers  and recommended Ministry of Home Affairs suspend them.

Meanwhile, more than hundred protesters are being charged with terrorism and obstructing police duty in connection to incidents that took place on the same day.

MDP has called the charges “politically motivated” and demanded they be dropped immediately.


7 thoughts on “State failed to follow majority of February 8 recommendations: HRCM”

  1. If this goes on pretty soon HRCM will be accused of "sowing discord" in society and being a "threat to national security"


  2. The country should have rock solid constitution, everyone as well as police, the court as well as the ruling party and the opposition has to 100% obeyed.

  3. In the Mordisian constitution, raping minors is a small crime, but consensual kissing is literally high treason.

    True story, bro.

  4. Who cares what HRCM thinks?

    Thoddu junior bandiyaa group can also contribute their views on Argentinian foreign policy. But would it have any impact?

  5. Where was this HRCM during Nahseed dictatorship ? were they sleeping and just to waken up?

    HRCM name must be changed to "Criminal right commission of Maldives" They have never advocated the rights of our normal citizen and they are always talking the rights of criminal.

  6. Dear citizens, there will b no implementation of recommendations during the next 5 years. Judiciery the most corrupt in the region will never be reformed and people like Gasim, with proper share to the judges will rule the country behind the back of Yamin. We will hv a fully pledge dictatorship and citizens pls tighten yr belts for u r the least important in the equation. Good luck

  7. This country will achieve much higher goals in terms of development and property and i don't think that Government will discriminate people based on the party line when providing service like what Nasheed had done.

    Yameen will be 1000 times better leader than film Nasheed. Wait and see


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