(9 febbraio 2012)
Amnesty International si è dichiarata molto preoccupata per i recenti sviluppi nelle isole Maldive e ha chiesto alle forze di sicurezza dell'arcipelago di porre fine alle violenze nei confronti dei sostenitori dell'ex presidente Mohamed Nasheed, deposto da un colpo di stato il 7 febbraio.
Testimoni oculari hanno riferito ad Amnesty International che l'8 febbraio le forze di polizia hanno attaccato un corteo pacifico nella capitale Malé cui stavano prendendo parte lo stesso Nasheed e molti sostenitori del Partito democratico maldiviano (Pdm). Successivamente, la polizia non ha difeso i manifestanti dall'aggressione dei partecipanti a una contromanifestazione a sostegno del colpo di stato, i quali brandivano cocci di bottiglia. Secondo alcuni resoconti, un manifestante sarebbe stato ucciso e almeno 40 feriti, tra cui Reeko Moosa, parlamentare e presidente del Pdm, ricoverato in terapia intensiva.
Immagini diffuse via Internet hanno mostrato l'ex presidente Nasheed col volto sanguinante, tratto in arresto .
Almeno cinque parlamentari del Pdm si trovano agli arresti nel centro di detenzione di Dhonidhoo.
Amnesty International ha sollecitato il rispetto della libertà d'espressione e di manifestazione e un'indagine sull'aggressione all'ex presidente Nasheed e agli altri manifestanti. L'organizzazione per i diritti umani ha anche chiesto di chiarire le ragioni dell'arresto dei cinque parlamentari e delle altre persone detenute a Dhonidhoo e di garantire che tutti gli arrestati abbiano accesso ad avvocati e familiari e ricevano le cure mediche eventualmente necessarie.
Maldives security forces must stop using violence against supporters of Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party, a day after he was forced to resign the presidency under the threat of violence by the military and police, Amnesty International said.
Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that Nasheed and a large number of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members were marching peacefully through the streets of the capital Malé when police attacked them first and then failed to protect them from a violent counter demonstration.
Some of the MDP demonstrators were cordoned off by the police in a narrow alley where a mob shouting anti-MDP slogans began to beat them.
One eyewitness saw Nasheed’s face covered in blood. He was then seen to be rushed away. Later a video emerged on the internet showing the police arresting him.
Police also beat some 40 demonstrators with batons. Some sustained serious injuries. There are reports that at least one demonstrator may have died as a result of the beating.
MDP chairperson, and member of Parliament, Reeko Moosa was first attacked by the police and then a mob attacked him with broken glass bottles. Police reportedly did not stop them. He is in a critical condition from the injuries and is receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Indira Ghandi Memorial Hospital.
At least five MDP members of parliament are detained at the Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre.
One of the detained MPs, Mariya Ahmed Didi, who had been released from police custody last night was attacked by the police as she was attending today’s demonstration.
An eyewitness told Amnesty International that she was beaten up and pulled away by her hair from the scene by a policeman. Another MP, Imtiyaz Fahmy was also beaten and taken to Dhonidhoo detention centre.
Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director, said: ”We are extremely concerned about the latest developments in The Maldives.
“The new authorities must ensure the right to freedom of expression and assembly and we want to see an investigation into the attack on Mohamed Nasheed and other protesters. Those responsible for the attack on demonstrators must be brought to justice.
“MPs and others held in Dhoonidhoo detention centre should have access to their family and lawyers, and they must receive adequate medical treatment and a thorough and independent investigation should be made into the reasons for their arrest.
“They should be released unless the government can charge them with a cognizable criminal offence through a fair and impartial process.”