European Union (EU) has taken up a framework for targeted sanctions against relevant government officials and other entities of the Maldives if the situation in the country does not improve.
The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU on Monday adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures against persons and entities responsible for undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives as well as persons and entities responsible for serious human rights violations.
This decision would allow the EU to impose travel bans and freeze assets on relevant individuals and entities if the situation in the country doesn’t improve.
EU had taken up a framework for targeted sanctions against the Maldives after repeatedly calling on the Maldivian government to restore the rights of the people that were violated and to rectify the condition of the country.
Although some people stated that EU had drawn up a list of people from Maldives against whom action would be taken, EU’s council had not published such a list till date.
EU’s next council meeting will be held two months later, sometime during September.
In a statement released on Monday, EU said they considered that the situation was not in accordance with the principles of democratic rule and separation of powers.
The decision is a direct follow up to the resolution adopted by the European parliament in favor of EU council imposing targeted sanctions against the Maldivian government heads and government affiliated businessmen on March 15.
In the resolution the EU parliament said that the violation of human rights in the country is worrying. Hence, the resolution read, the State of Emergency imposed in Maldives should be lifted immediately and all the rights ensured by the constitution should be given to the people.
If the government fails to comply, government heads would be banned from travelling to EU countries and the funds of government heads and government affiliated businessmen of the Maldives abroad would be frozen, the resolution said.
The resolution called to release all imprisoned political prisoners, to retrieve all charges against them, and to begin all-party discussions. Furthermore, the resolution called on the government to give freedom of expression, to uphold the rule of law, and to ensure the independence of courts and parliament.
The resolution also condemned the arrest of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed. They called for the immediate release of all judges and to enable the establishment justice in the country.
The resolution called on India and China to work with EU countries in order to establish stability and justice in the Maldives.