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Commission monitors conditions of detainees during crisis

Graphic: Police on the streets of Male', capital of the Maldives

The Human Rights Commission visited detainees held in a police custodial facility, following the declaration of a state of emergency.

The Human Rights Commission visited three detainees held in police custody at Dhoonidhoo Custodial on 7 February 2018, following the declaration of a state of emergency.

"During the visit, the Commission met with the former President, Uz. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and Chief Justice Uz. Abdulla Saeed," the Commission said in a statement.

"The Commission also visited the Supreme Court Judge Uz Ali Hameed Mohamed, who is currently receiving medical treatment at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

"The Commission found that the detainees are being treated well, have been granted the opportunity to meet with their lawyers and members of their families, and are being given access to medical assistance as required.

"Furthermore, the Commission notes that the detainees have not been subjected to any inhumane or degrading treatment.

"The Commission is closely monitoring the conditions of these detainees."

The crisis in the Maldives was sparked by a Supreme Court ruling on 1 February 2018 that leading members of the opposition, including the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, had been wrongly imprisoned and should be released.

The Supreme Court also quashed the 2015 terrorism conviction against Mohamed Nasheed, Gayoom's successor as President.

In response, President Yameen declared a state of emergency on 5 February 2018.

Security forces arrested two of the Supreme Court's five sitting judges and sealed the nation's parliament, arresting two members of the opposition.

Date: 15 February 2018


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  1. Police on the streets of Male', capital of the Maldives - Munshid Mohamed