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

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.”

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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