The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is following recent developments in the Maldives with mounting concern and is sending an urgent mission to the country.
IPU President, Abdulwahad Radi, called for calm. “The crisis can only be solved through inclusive political dialogue. It is essential that an atmosphere of non-violence, restraint and stability be established”, he declared.
“I am very worried about recent news alleging harassment and beatings of members of parliament and the continued detention of one of them”, he stated. “I call on the authorities to exercise restraint and demonstrate respect for the parliamentary mandate.”
The IPU mission is part of the support that the organization has been providing for several years to the parliament and the democratization process in the country. The mission hopes to meet all political actors concerned with the latest crisis in the country.