MEP calls for targeted sanctions to counter worsening situation in Maldives

17-Dec-2015 @ 11:30

Charles Tannock Charles Tannock

Charles Tannock Charles Tannock

Charles Tannock Charles Tannock

A senior Conservative MEP has said it is time for the EU to consider targeted sanctions and travel bans against leading members of the government of the Maldives.

Foreign Affairs Spokesman Dr Charles Tannock has today (Thursday) expressed deep concerns about the situation in the country, following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed.

A number of opposition figures have been targeted by the current government, led by Abdullah Gayoom, the half-brother of the county's former dictator.

Dr Tannock said: "In April of this year we raised concerns about the situation in the Maldives and the increasingly authoritarian regime being implemented there.

"It saddens me that six months on, the situation has worsened further.

"As freedom of the media, expression and association are being clamped down upon, President Gayoom appears to be reconstructing a one-party states based on the model of his half-brother.

"Today we are calling for the EU and its member states to consider the implementation of targeted sanctions and travel bans against leading member of the Government and their financial backers.

"Anything short of this will fail to secure the release of Mohamed Nasheed and to bring about the change that is so desperately needed in the Maldives."

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