World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Maldives: further strides towards power separation

Maldives takes further strides towards separation of powers

The Maldives is to fast-track a further tranche of political and judicial reform measures, President Gayoom announced in a televised interview before departing for the 13th SAARC Summit in Bangladesh. The President announced the implementation of steps designed to bring about the separation of Executive and Judiciary, seen by many as a key element in the ongoing reform programme announced by the President in June 2004.

The cornerstone of the measures announced today, aimed at securing the independence of the judiciary, is the establishing of a Judicial Services Commission. Speaking on the mandate of the Commission, the President confirmed that the Commission would oversee the appointment and dismissal of judges, and would act as a ‘watchdog’ to ensure that Judges uphold their own codes of conduct.

Today’s measures also see the Chief Justice taking over the judicial functions of all court. The President today also changes to the Committee on Judicial Matters, designed to increase the Committee’s transparency and accountability.

Commenting on the measures, Attorney General Dr. Hassan Saeed said: “We have been aware for some time that, in order to fully enact the reforms announced by the President in June 2004, we must take steps to separate the roles and authorities of Judiciary, Legislature and Executive. The decision to establish an independent Judicial Services Commission, following from the successful introduction of political parties in June of this year, is an important step toward the completion of the reform process.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


Euro Med Monitor: Syria Cross-border Aid Mechanism Extension Is Necessary For The Survival Of Millions

Permanent members of the UN Security Council should extend the cross-border aid to northwestern Syria, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said Tuesday in a statement...
More>>



UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>