The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has said it will hold a ‘sitting’ this Thursday in protest against a spate of violent criminal offenses committed recently.
HRCM has said it will gather near the Tsunami Monument in Boduthakurufaanu Magu at 8:00pm, and will remain sitting until 12:00am.
In a press release issued by HRCM, the organisation requested all persons attending the event to wear black clothing and wave a national flag.
Media Coordinator for HRCM Ahmed Rilwan said the event was not a protest, “but just an awareness program.”
‘’We can’t tell how many people will attend this event. So far many NGOs have confirmed that they will join us,’’ Rilwan said.
Rilwan said HRCM will would “collect opinions from everyone and forward them to the concerned departments.”
Meanwhile, former Attorney General Husnu Suood has criticised the commission in the media alleging it had done “practically no work” since the new commission members had been elected.
‘’Some say that the only duty of the HRCM’s members is to attend office on time,” Suood said. “The society does not even know they exist. This is their current situation,’’ Suood told newspaper Haveeru.
He also told the paper that there were “far more important things” that the commission should be doing than sitting down for four hours.
Rilwan said the commission would not respond to remarks made by the former Attorney General.