The following statement is made by the United Nations in the Maldives, concerning the events of January 24, 2006.

UN Maldives urges all parties to build on the tolerance and restraint shown on January 24, 2006. The UN welcomes the restraint shown by law enforcement agencies and participants during demonstrations held across the Maldives yesterday. The UN welcomes the tolerance shown by the government in connection with the public display of divergent political opinion in the Maldives.The UN would like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the fundamental importance of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the right to freedom of association and the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of liberty. The peaceful conclusion of the events of January 24 provides cause for optimism, especially in light of the disturbances that had accompanied previous political gatherings. It is hoped that this spirit of tolerance and the right to hold dissenting views will be carried forward into a sustained and genuine dialogue that is crucial for the transition to multi-party democracy.


“The world must advance the causes of security, development and human rights together, otherwise none will succeed. Humanity will not enjoy security without development, it will not enjoy development without security and it will not enjoy either without respect for human rights,” Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations, 2005.

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