by Hussain Iyad
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has strongly condemned the attempts of the president and current government to suppress the democratic right to freedom of expression of opposition parties and individuals.
A press release by PPM stated that Ahmed Ibrahim ‘Sandhaanu Ahammmaidhy’ Didi, who has been highly critical of government policies, had been summoned to the police and subsequently detained. PPM also said that they believe that it was a violation of Ahammaidhy’s human rights and his constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.
PPM strongly condemned the actions of president Nasheed, stating that his government and the police are continuing to harass and intimidate opposition members, and has condemned the action by the police to take in Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, Vice President of the Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) for interrogation.
PPM also condemned the recent actions of the government in harassing and intimidating private TV channels and journalists critical of the government, stating that “these continued actions have created an atmosphere of fear and repression in Male’”.
PPM also called upon the government to respect the rule of law and the fundamental human rights and freedoms of expression guaranteed to each and every citizen by the constitution.
PPM criticized President Nasheed, stating that the president “who is purportedly a champion of freedom of expression and democracy” is resorting to unconstitutional and uncivilized methods to nullify everyone who oppose him and his government.
The press release also called upon the international community to intervene to protect the rights of Dr. Jameel and Sandhaanu Ahammaidhy.