Maldives: UN chief expresses concern at erosion of 'basic democratic norms and principles'

Aerial view of Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Photo: Nattu

27 July 2017 – Citing the gradual erosion of basic democratic norms and principles in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the Government “to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of speech and assembly.”

“The Secretary-General urges the Government to refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of Members of Parliament, political parties, civil society and the media,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesman.

Mr. Guterres “encourages effective dialogue and consultations on political issues,” concluded the statement.

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