The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) on Monday said that police have at times used excessive force to disperse crowds at recent opposition rallies, which calls on authorities to implement the Supreme Court order.
In a statement released on Monday, HRCM said the actions of police in dispersing crowds during rallies have harmed the public along with reporters in the area. However, some recent rallies had been carried out peacefully and police did not use undue force to disperse crowds during these rallies, the statement read.
HRCM said they are currently looking into six cases of police assault during arrests at the rallies.
The statement also said that police had used pepper-spray against the guidelines issued in the use of non-lethal weapons authorized for crowd control at protests.
HRCM also said that some individuals disobey police orders at protests, and have small children accompanying them at these rallies.
HRCM also noted the inappropriate language used between police and protestors during rallies.
Furthermore, HRCM said that people had been gathering at certain locations after 12:00 a.m. and making excessive noise, including continuous honking, which disturbs others.