facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.N. rights chief blasts Maldivian courts

Oct. 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM   |   Comments

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The level of Maldivian high court interference in the political process is alarming, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday.

The Supreme Court in Maldives ruled this month to negate the results of a September election, the outcome of which tilted in favor of the opposition. A rescheduled contest was stopped by Maldivian police because of issues related to voter lists.

Pillay said the Supreme Court imposed "onerous" guidelines for the election, which she said resulted in the Oct. 19 police raids on election offices.

"I am alarmed that the Supreme Court of the Maldives is interfering excessively in the presidential elections, and in so doing is subverting the democratic process and violating the right of Maldivians to freely elect their representatives," she said in a statement from Geneva.

Her office said there were "long-standing concerns" about the influence of justices in the Indian Ocean island nation of 26 atolls. The court, she said, was "stifling criticism and public debate" over the country's leaders.

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was ousted in an apparent coup in February 2012. The interim administration's tenure ends next month.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death
3
Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal
4
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
5
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback