A resolution has been submitted to the Parliament calling for the government to establish a commission to probe the "inhumane" acts committed within the jails during former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's administration.
Mahchangolhi-West constituency MP Mohamed Rasheed proposed the resolution stated that during Gayoom’s presidency, detainees had been subject to unlawful and sadistic punishment.
The resolution detailed that the proposed committee should include international Judges. It stated that as Maldives is a member of the United Nations (UN) and is bound by international human rights conventions the President is obligated to preserve and protect individual and social rights.
The UN Human Rights Committee had earlier and pressed for the need to establish a commission to investigate the alleged human rights violations committed during former President Gayoom’s tenure.
A date for the debate on the resolution would be decided later. The Parliament had already established a committee to probe the alleged unlawful acts committed by former President Mohamed Nasheed.
Apart from the resolution by MP Mohamed Rasheed, Fonadhoo constituency MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla had also proposed a resolution to act against those who had carried out arson attacks in the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) protests on February 8. Dhihdhoo constituency MP Ahmed Sameer also proposed a resolution to investigate the MVR300 million loan taken by the government from the Bank of Maldives (BML).