Maldives rights watchdog to Police over gang violence

Composite image of Nadeem Abdul Raheem, 24 (R) and Ahmed Anas, 25, who were recently killed in gang violence incidents.

Composite image of Nadeem Abdul Raheem, 24 (R) and Ahmed Anas, 25, who were recently killed in gang violence incidents.

Members of the Maldives’ rights watchdog met with the leadership of Maldives Police Service on Wednesday regarding the recent upsurge in gang violence in capital Male.

There has been five incidents of gang violence over the course of the last fortnight which saw the deaths of two young men. In a statement released after the meeting, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) stressed that the right to life is accorded to each individual under the Constitution.

HRCM stated that its members discussed with Police how to strengthen the latter’s efforts to ensure the safety and security of the people, determine the causes behind gang violence, and ways to prevent such incidences from repeating.

The commission added that it will work with authorities on a national level to establish a safe and secure environment for the people.

While two young men have been recently killed in gang violence, Police are yet to arrest any suspects in either of the cases. While the government and Police have come under fire over the lack of arrests, Police released a statement late Wednesday declaring that the institution is giving special priority to apprehend the perpetrators behind the two murders.

1 Comment on "Maldives rights watchdog to Police over gang violence"

  1. This is sad that hypocrites like HRCM exist. I know many people who have approached them on issues with rights but what do they do? They don’t even respond. And you go public with such news. I agree that safety and security is important, but how can you work on a National level when you can’t deal with the simplest of problems?

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