A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (6 February) on the declaration of a state of emergency in Maldives:
We are concerned about the latest domestic developments in Maldives. Yesterday’s declaration of a state of emergency by President Yameen will further undermine democracy and human rights. Prior to the announcement, President Yameen refused to comply with an order by the Maldivian Supreme Court, which had called for the release of eight detained opposition politicians and for their cases to be retried. The court had also called for the reinstatement of twelve members of parliament.
The Federal Foreign Office calls on the Government of Maldives, a democratic country that has friendly ties with Germany, to lift the state of emergency, respect the Supreme Court ruling, guarantee freedom of assembly for peaceful demonstrations, and uphold the rule of law and democratic achievements.
Each year, some 100,000 tourists from Germany visit Maldives, which is dependent on tourism. The Federal Foreign office has amended its travel and security advice for Maldives.”