Former SAARC Secretary General and Former Attorney General Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed has said that action needed to be taken against Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members for the repeated criminal offences and that a law must be passed that can abolish political parties.
In a ceremony held by President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to meet the residents of Kaafu Atoll Gaafaru, Dhiyana said that international civil and political rights accords also accommodated such narrowing down of the roles of political parties.
“The notion (illegal activities), if promoted like this to gain political benefit, the party shall be removed and the process (of elimination) shall be facilitated by that law” Dhiyana said.
She said that the 47 member council of Europe had drafted a guideline to eliminate political parties and according to the draft, parties can be eliminated on certain grounds.
“Hence, getting rid of such a party is a democratic process. It can be done from within the boundaries of the law. I request the parliament to facilitate the process.” Dhiyana said.
She said that the parliament does not have the authority to eliminate a certain party, but that the parliament can facilitate the process by passing a law that entails the circumstances upon which a political party can be declared defunct.
“Parties can be removed if proven in a court of law, preferably the Supreme Court of the Maldives. The court must decide in eliminating the party. I believe that this is of utmost importance to maintain the peace within our nation, to maintain civil order, and to protect our individual rights” Dhiyana said.
She added that by enacting such a law would not be detrimental even to MDP.
She said that MDP supporters had been harassing her and her family in various ways, including the incident on the early hours February 8, when MDP members “broke down” the main door of her house.
She added that the people who did this had demanded to know the floor in which her apartment was located, but soon fled the scene when they realized that police were on route.
“But they gave me a death threat before fleeing from the scene. I believe that the act must be condemned, even if politically affiliated. This should be acknowledged as an illegal activity. My two children, a 2 year old and a 5 year old were with me, (They) should accept that my rights are being violated too. Seeking justice within the legal system is not a problem but the cowardly acts of illegally knocking down doors and giving death threats in the middle of the night when children are in bed, should be strictly condemned” she said.
MDP loyalists with party flags had attempted to assault the delegation on her trip to Hulhumeedhoo with the President Waheed. They had also verbally abused her while she was having a conversation with someone she regarded as “close to her as her father”.
After which she entered the residence to avoid the humiliation. They hurled rocks at the residence and later they tried to physically assault her on her way out of the residence, she said.
“This is not a political activity. Such a physical intimidation or threat should not be entertained” she said.
Dhiyana added that the windows of their family car had been shattered and that these activities which promote politically extreme “views” should not be tolerated.