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Nasheed unconstitutionally sent away Police and Armed forces from Artificial Beach area: HRCM
Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has stated that the order of former President Mohamed Nasheed to send away the Police and the armed forces from the Artificial Beach area while some supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) confronted the protestors of the civic coalition was unconstitutional.
HRCM made this statement in their assessment report of the violations of human rights on 6th and 7th February 2012 in Male’.
In a press conference held yesterday to launch the report, President of the commission Azra noted that the former President Nasheed refused to give his statement regarding the events of the day despite the many attempts of HRCM. However, she said that the opposition MDP cooperated with the commission during the investigation.
Answering a query of Miadhu Daily whether the commission believes that the former government deliberately wanted to cause unrest by leaving the MDP supporters to attack the coalition protesters, Vice President of HRCM Tholal said that the stand of commission is very clear in the report issued by the commission yesterday. Two other members of the commission later stated that they believe that this action was taken deliberately.
Meanwhile, according to the report e change in government took place due to former President Nasheed’s unconstitutional actions and orders.
HRCM said this in a report of the commission into the events that lead to the transfer of power on February 7. According to the report, former President Nasheed was not under duress and no one threatened him at gun point. The report further said that Nasheed was under the protection of his loyal military up until his resignation.
HRCM said that the power transfer of February 7 was the result of Nasheed’s unconstitutional orders on the Police and the military. The commission added that these actions of Nasheed violated the rights of many of the people.
In view of the claims that there was a plan to throw Nasheed to a lynch mob on February 2, HRCM’s report stated that no one tried to attack former President Nasheed while he was at the Military Headquarters. The report noted that Nasheed’s securities were present the whole time at the military HQ.