Resolution over ruling party “coercing” membership to parliament

During the program held to increase PPM membership

During the campaign held to increase PPM membership

Member of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Male West MP Mohamed Falah lobbied a resolution to the parliament on Wednesday against ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) for coercing people to become members.

The resolution calls to ban the actions of PPM, which has allegedly forced people to sign membership with threats of taking away their jobs unless they complied.

Noting that nobody should be coerced to work, the resolution stated that such actions are against humanity and human rights as well as international treaties that the Maldives is part of.

In addition, the resolution urged to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ethics of the International Labor Organization, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which are bound by the Constitution as well.

The resolution seconded by Mahchangoalhi North MP Maariya Ahmed Didi added that the actions of PPM are against the Constitution and its spirit, urging the parliament to ban the actions.

Previously, PPM leader and Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom had also said that some people are being coerced to become members of the party. However, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s faction of the divided ruling party have denied the allegations.

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