The government’s assault on democracy and democratic institutions has severely compromised the possibility of an inclusive or free and fair Presidential Elections later this year. The Opposition’s political activities remain restricted while most opposition leaders have either been convicted or face convictions in politically motivated criminal proceedings – that violate due process and fair trial standards. We are further concerned that recent amendments to electoral laws would limit the prospects for credible participation of the opposition in the upcoming elections. FORUM-ASIA has called upon the Human Rights Council to take immediate steps to ensure free and fair elections in Maldives .
Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development in the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council.