Foreign Minister Samad has Passed Away
Minister of Foreign Affairs H. E. Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullah has passed away on 25 August 2013, while being treated at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
He was admitted at the hospital on 20th August 2013. Minister Samad is survived by his wife Ameena Ali and three children.
A Book of Condolence will be opened at the High Commission of Maldives in new Delhi from 27 to 29 August 2013 from 1100 hrs to 1530 hrs.ENDS.
Maldives marks 48th Independence Day
Maldives marks 48th Independence Day today. Celebrations are being held in various parts of the country and abroad where Maldivians reside. The High Commission held a flag hoisting ceremony this morning.
The National flag was hoisted by the High Commissioner of Maldives, H. E. Mr. Mohamed Naseer. He also read the Message by the President of Maldives H. E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed to the Maldivians residing abroad on the occasion of the Independence Day.
In response to media queries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to make the following statement:
The Government of Maldives wishes to emphasise that it did not struck a "deal" with anyone regarding former President Mohamed Nasheed's exit from the Chancery of the Indian High Commission in Male';, yesterday. Most importantly, Mr. Nasheed's exit from the High Commission was not negotiated with the Government. Mr. Nasheed went in to the High Commission on 13 February 2013 seeking India's "assistance", and his continued stay and his decision to leave the High Commission was an issue between himself and the Indian High Commission. The Government of Maldives's only involvement in the issue was in the implementation of the Court Order on the Police to produce Mr. Nasheed to the Court. The said Court Order expired on Wednesday, 20 February 2013.
The Government of Maldives also wishes to reiterate its clear and firm position that it cannot, and will not, negotiate the charges laid against Mr. Nasheed for unlawfully arresting a judge during his Presidential tenure, in January 2012. The charges are laid by the Prosecutor General which is an independent institution under the Constitution of Maldives. The Government has made this position clear to all of its external friends, including India.
Upholding the rule of law and respecting the independence of the three arms of the State are a fundamental pillar of President Dr. Mohamed Waheed's Administration.
The Government now hopes that, with the decision of Mr. Nasheed to leave the Chancery, the High Commission, would now be able to resume its normal diplomatic and consular work in the Maldives.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013
President Appoints High Commissioner to India
President Dr Mohamed Waheed has appointed Mr Mohamed Naseer as the High Commissioner of Maldives to India.
The presentation of letter of appointment to Mr Naseer was held this afternoon at the President’s Office.
Speaking at the function, President Waheed congratulated the new High Commissioner. The President also expressed confidence that High Commissioner Naseer would protect and promote the interest of the people of Maldives, and work to enhance cooperation between the Maldives and India.
Government welcomes preliminary observations of UN Expert
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Ms. Gabrielle Knaul shared her preliminary observations of her visit with the Government in a de-briefing held today.
Ms. Knaul noted the changes that have taken place in the Maldives since the visit of the previous mandate-holder Dr. Despouy in 2007. She highlighted the new democratic system prescribed in the Constitution and commended the Maldives’ efforts in transition to democracy based on the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers. Ms. Knaul further stated that “all branches of the State are equally important and non should be above the other” and reiterated that all institutions have a “role to play and responsibilities regarding the consolidation of democracy”. In this regard, Ms. Knaul noted the need for Constitutional reform to facilitate the strengthening of democratic institutions.
In her remarks, the Special Rapporteur raised several issues including the lack of mechanisms that would hold prosecutors, court staff and judges accountable and the lack of basic pieces of legislation including the Penal Code, the Criminal procedure Code and the Civil Procedure Code that was essential to strengthen the justice system. Commenting on the legal profession, Ms Knaul noted the absence of a Bar association in the Maldives that would self-regulate the profession and remarked on the small number of women in the justice system. She also identified training of judges, lawyers and prosecutors as an urgent area that required utmost attention.
In her conclusion, the Rapporteur called on the international community, the UN agencies and other international organizations to strengthen their engagement in the Maldives and continue to contributing to the consolidation of the justice sector.
In response, the Attorney General Hon. Azima Shakoor welcomed the preliminary observations and thanked the Rapporteur for her honest assessment of the justice system in the Maldives. Noting the Maldives’ democratic transition, the Attorney General highlighted several areas that required urgent reform. In the discussion the Government also noted the responsibility of international partners in establishing a conducive environment where institutions of the State, particularly the judiciary, are respected by the public. Hon. Azima also thanked Ms. Knaul for her open-dialogue with all stakeholders and expressed hope for the Rapporteur’s engagement in the implementation of the observations.
The UN Special Rapporteur will conclude her official visit tonight.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013