Need for Free and Fair Election in Maldives

Press Statement
Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 6, 2018

The United States is concerned about continued democratic backsliding in Maldives, particularly as the country prepares for a presidential election on September 23.

We join the international community in calling for the release of falsely accused political prisoners; full implementation of the Maldivian Supreme Court’s February ruling overturning the convictions of opposition members; an end to executive interference in the Parliament and judiciary; respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and holding a free and fair election that reflects the will of the Maldivian people.

The restoration of democratic institutions and practices, to include a free, fair, and inclusive election held on its scheduled date of September 23, is of critical importance to Maldives’ future. Absent Maldives’ return to a democratic path, the United States will consider appropriate measures against those individuals who undermine democracy, the rule of law, and a free and fair electoral process.