The recent restrictions imposed on expatriates living in HA Ihavandhoo are temporary, and that it would be lifted if the authorities give the order, says the island council.
This comes after Ihavandhoo Council was criticized for imposing strict restrictions on expatriates in the island on Sunday, after one of them confessed to killing a mechanic at the Ihavandhoo ice plant.
Some legal experts have said that the restrictions are unconstitutional and a violation of human rights. It would also encourage racism, they said.
Speaking to VNews on Monday, Council President Mohamed Rasheed said the decision was a difficult one, and was made after many discussions, for the sake of the wellbeing of Ihavandhoo residents.
Rasheed said that they reached the decision after discussions with the expatriates’ employers, and that the restrictions have already brought positive effects regarding some negative behavior.
He noted that the Council had been receiving complaints of expatriates making a living off of selling coconuts they collect from the island, and not following guidelines while fishing, and forming groups in abandoned areas and harassing women.
Adding to this, the recent murder of a Maldivian employee in the island has gotten residents greatly worried, he said, adding that it has forced the Council to take a tough measures.
He also said that the steps were taken after referring to laws, and that they would lift the restrictions on the request of the authorities.
They would also ease restrictions as the situation changes, he added.
The Council on Sunday ordered migrant workers in the island to:
- Register within five days; those who do not would be considered illegals.
- Stay in their place of residence after 10:00pm.
- Refrain from forming groups in public except from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday.
- Refrain from fishing in regions under the Council’s jurisdiction,
- Refrain from collecting coconuts in the island.
- Only go to the uninhabited part of the island to dispose of waste.
- Refrain from participating at events held in the island, unless invited.