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

 

Royal Commonwealth Society statement on Maldives


PRESS RELEASE: 21.10.2016

Royal Commonwealth Society statement on Maldives leaving the Commonwealth

The Royal Commonwealth Society is concerned by Maldives’ decision to leave the Commonwealth, which comes after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)’s repeated exchanges with Maldives over breaches of civil and political rights and democratic values.

In its assessment of Maldives, CMAG sighted a lack of “…political space available to the opposition”…“the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary; and the independence and lawful functioning of democratic institutions.”

Human rights groups including the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, based in New Delhi have also raised such concerns.

The Society supports the work of CMAG, which reflects the diversity of all Commonwealth states, large and small. It commends the Commonwealth Secretariat’s attempts to offer technical assistance and Good Offices to the Maldives government in support of democratic reform. The Society recommends that this support and assistance remain on the table if Maldives chooses to work towards building a democratic culture and democratic institutions through re-joining the Commonwealth.

The RCS believes that the decision to leave represents a loss both for Maldives and the Commonwealth and hopes that it will return to the Commonwealth family in the future.

---ENDS---

Notes to editors:

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. Through youth empowerment, education and advocacy, the RCS promotes the value and the values of the Commonwealth. www.thercs.org

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Save The Children: World Leaders Urged To Halt Escalating Hunger Crisis

A group of 120 non-governmental organisations has joined forces in an open letter calling on world leaders to do more to halt a devastating global hunger crisis as new analysis shows the number of people likely to be in need of humanitarian aid in 2022 could rise by 17%...More>>

WMO: Another La Niña Impacts Temperatures And Precipitation – But Not Climate Change
La Niña has developed for the second consecutive year and is expected to last into early 2022, influencing temperatures and precipitation. Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures in many parts of the world are expected to be above average because of the accumulated heat trapped in the atmosphere...
More>>


UN: Violations Of Palestinian Rights Puts Two-State Solution At Risk, Chief Warns
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday... More>>


Oxfam: Failure To Vaccinate The World Created Perfect Breeding Ground For Omicron, Say Campaigners

Campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance say the refusal of pharmaceutical companies to openly share their vaccine science and technology and the lack of action from rich countries to ensure access to vaccines globally have created the perfect breeding ground for new variants such as Omicron... More>>


World Food Programme: Millions More In Need Of Food Assistance As A Direct Result Of Conflict In Northern Ethiopia

The number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance across northern Ethiopia has grown to an estimated 9.4 million as a direct result of ongoing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today... More>>


Food: Three Billion People Cannot Afford A Healthy Diet

Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said, launching a new report on Tuesday... More>>