Maldives will not yield to external pressures that compromise sovereignty: pres

President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom taking part at the signing ceremony of opposition councilors PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru

President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom taking part at the signing ceremony of opposition councilors PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom proclaimed that his government cannot encourage the decisions taken by foreign organizations that interfere with the internal affairs and sovereignty of the Maldives.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of opposition councilors to ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), President Yameen indirectly criticized the United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s ruling to grant immediate release to jailed Former Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim.

President said that though the Maldives is a member state of the UN, there are certain things in its charter to which the Maldives is not capable of complying. As an example, the president noted that freedom of religion can never be imposed in the Maldives, and, hence, nobody can criticize the decisions of Maldivian Judiciary.

“No international organization is given the right to criticize on our judiciary. Our Constitution obligates us to follow and respect the verdicts declared by the three procedures of the court.”

Meanwhile, two former presidents, Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, have called upon the Maldives government to follow the verdict of UN Working Group on Nazim’s case.

Moreover, the president added that in a state where Separation of Powers is implemented, a verdict of the judiciary should not reach the President’s table for further comment.

President Yameen further stated that with respect to the decisions of international organizations, any verdict which contradicts with the religion of Islam and the internal affairs of the nation will not be accepted.

Asserting that this government will only arrest people when others’ rights are violated, the president said that the government will never go against the Constitution.

 

 

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