Call for immediate release of Colonel (Ret) Mohamed Nazim and for Maldives government to honour international treaty obligations

London 27 January 2017 – The Maldives United Opposition (MUO) calls on the Maldives government to immediately release MUO’s Advisor, Former Defense Minister Colonel (Ret) Mohamed Nazim in adherence to findings and requests of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention UNWGAD, stated in its opinion adopted on 20th January 2017, published today. <ohchr.org>

The decision stated that the UNWGAD “considers that an adequate remedy would be to release Col. Nazim immediately and accord him an enforceable right to reparations, in accordance with international law.” The UNWGAD also requested the Maldives Government to “take necessary steps to remedy the situation of Colonel Nazim without delay and bring it into conformity with the standards and principles set forth in the international norms on detention, including the (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) UDHR and the (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) ICCPR”.

In October 2015 the UNWGAD called on the Government of Maldives for the immediate release of former President Mohamed Nasheed. At the time, the Government had said the decision was flawed and that it “will not be made to act on the basis of a non-binding opinion”.

The Maldives United Opposition calls on the government of Maldives not to continue this violation of ICCPR and international treaty obligations, and reiterates calls for the immediate releases of former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Defense Minister Colonel (Rtd) Mohamed Nazim.

The Maldives United Opposition appeals to all concerned authorities, institutions and international well-wishers to prevail over President Yaameen Abdul Gayoom and the government to adhere to and honor international treaty obligations and for the immediate releases of former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Defense Minister Colonel (Rtd) Mohamed Nazim.