Date: 14 March 2015

UN Security Council urged to intervene on Maldives following
sentencing of former President Nasheed under terrorism charges

NEW DELHI:  The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today called upon members of the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session on the situation in the Maldives following sentencing of former President Mohammed Nasheed to 13 years imprisonment under trumped up terrorism charges and urged the members of the UN Security Council to take necessary measures to seize assets and freeze accounts of President of Maldives Mr Abdulla Yameen, Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, Prosecutor General Muhthaz Muhsin and the three judges overseeing Nasheed’s trial i.e. Abdulla Didi, Abdul Bari Yoousuf and Sujau Usman and other key officials of the regime, impose travel restrictions and trade embargo, and withhold financial assistance and technical cooperation to the Maldives until the release of Nasheed.  

“The trial is a travesty of justice - Judge Didi who claims himself to have been illegally detained for which former President Nasheed was charged under terrorism charges still heads the Criminal Court trying Nasheed and effectively allowed his deputy, Judge Abdulla Didi, to convict Nasheed in a Kangaroo trial. If the United Nations and international community fail to intervene now,  democracy may never return to the Maldives" - stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights. [Ends]