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Global issue 12

SpotlightMaldives  and not to issue any unlawful orders as which is a constitutionally independent Police Integrity Commission of the Mal- Nasheed continuously did. body, has the fi nal say on an election date. dives. Both institutions are fully inde- Bringing an end to corruption. We are The Election Commission may take into ac- pendent institutions. Their staff are on the also determined to bring an end to corrup- count the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, ground and on the scene of protests and tion, nepotism and cronyism, which re- which falls in early July, before announcing marches. They monitor the situation daily sulted in the award of multimillion-dollar an election date. and take necessary actions – including contracts and loans to friends and party taking legal action, issuing press releases, activists. Equally, we are committed in What do you say to those who allege that holding inquiries and submitting annual making government procurement and gov- the present government is a reincarnation reports to parliament. On the other hand, ernment contracts transparent. In his three- of the former administration of Maumoon Amnesty offi cials are not based in the year rule, President Nasheed handed hun- Abdul Gayoom? country. Once in a while, when its offi - dreds of islands to his party members to be Gayoom’s PPM Progressive Party of Mal- cial does visit the country, very selective developed as resorts. dives is just one of seven parties in the meetings are arranged with mostly mem- National Unity government. We also have bers of opposition and opposition-sym- Another issue that was raised by the CNI to keep in mind that Maldives is a small pathising NGOs. As a result, Amnesty is concerns the administration of justice. country and traditionally the government unable to get a comprehensive picture of What measures are the government pro- has been the largest employer. Gayoom the situation. posing in this respect? ruled the country for 30 years, during Government is working bilaterally and mul- which most of the educated people, in some In recent years, the Maldives has been seen tilaterally to improve capacity-building in way or the other, were part of the Gayoom as a leader among small nations on the is- the judiciary while, at the same time, we government. People who served under sues of global warming and climate change. need to ensure accountability and transpar- Gayoom are found in every political party As a result, several of the islands’ particular ency. The challenge government faces is in the country, including MDP. For exam- environmental challenges have become that it has very little say on the administra- ple, Nasheed’s two foreign ministers (Dr well known around the world. What policies tion of justice. Under the new constitutional Shaheed and Mr Naseem), his envoy Ib- is the administration most committed to in and with legislative arrangements in place, rahim Hussein Zaki, MDP’s former chair- addressing these challenges? the judiciary is completely free. Judges are person Ms Mariya Didi and MDP’s fi rst President Nasheed undoubtedly did a lot disciplined by a constitutionally independ- two presidents (Dr Munawaru and Ibrahim to draw international attention to glo- ent Judicial Service Commission. Judges are Ismail) were senior government offi cials bal warming and climate change. In the also appointed for life and can only be re- under President Gayoom. Rio+20 Summit, President Waheed pledged moved from offi ce by the parliament. his government’s commitment to carbon How do you respond to the recent report neutrality. The president also announced a What are your current expectations for the issued by Amnesty International that noted major policy decision to make the country- The earliest date for the next presidential Amnesty International’s report does not Indeed, due to our fragile environment, no Credit: Shahee Ilyaswide biosphere reserve by 2017. Our com-mitment to the environment is unwavering.serious human rights violations by mem-bers of the security services? timing and conduct of the next elections in the Maldives? election under the constitution is the end tally with the reports by Human Rights president can afford to ignore the environ- of July 2013. The Election Commission, Commission of the Maldives and the mental cause.uni25CF 36 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


Global issue 12
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