Wednesday, October 06, 2004

New problems found with regard to detainees, says Human Rights Commission

New problems found with regard to detainees, says Human Rights Commission
04 October 2004
The Human Rights Commission, after paying a second visit on 22 September to detainees who were arrested following the illegal gathering at the Republic Square in Male on 12 and 13 August, said that the commission has found new problems that should be corrected by the government. However, in a press release on 23 September, HRC did not reveal the nature of these problems but said that the commission will soon ask the government to correct them.

HRC also noted that the government had corrected most problems HRC members had identified when it visited Maafushi and Dhoonidhoo detention centers during HRC members´┐Ż first visit there on 23 August.

There was a spat of sorts between the HRC and the Home Ministry earlier when the HRC released its findings from the August 23 visit almost a month later on 20 September. The Home Ministry the next day, 21 September, said that the government had corrected the problems identified by the HRC from its 23 August visit.

In the latest press release, in addition to not disclosing what new problems the HRC had identified after its second visit, HRC also did not disclose what problems the government had corrected following the recommendations the HRC had made after its first visit.

HRC in its press release said that it was its wish to see the State of Emergency imposed by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom since 13 August following the illegal gathering at the Republic Square be lifted as soon as possible because it has now been over a month since the State of Emergency was in force and that the existence of the State of Emergency was withholding basic rights of the detainees."

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