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Maldives’ unrest: Ex-President banned from election despite UN demands

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THE MALDIVES rejected a demand by the UN Human Rights Committee on Monday that former president Mohamed Nasheed be allowed to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year.

The demand was made in response to two individual complaints by Nasheed filed in 2013 and 2016, following his conviction on terrorism charges that saw him to 13 years’ imprisonment. As a result, he was disqualified from running in presidential elections for 16 years – the term of his sentence plus an additional three years.

The panel of experts found Nasheed’s conviction was based on “vague legislation, contained serious flaws and violated his right to a fair trial.”

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“Political rights can be suspended or restricted only in exceptional circumstances and under certain conditions. And judicial proceedings that violate the right to fair trial can render the resulting restriction of political rights arbitrary,” committee member Sarah Cleveland said in a statement.

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