Maldives considering to Criminalise Protests that might affect relations with other Nations including India

Maldives Protests law insider

Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: February 02, 2022 at 18:33 IST

The Members of the Ruling Party in the Maldives are planning to bring in a Legislation to Criminalise the protests that likely might “affect the relations with other nations”.

The draft Bill passed on in between the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) is against the backdrop of the protests in the Indian Ocean country over the considered closeness of Ibrahim Solih Government to India.

The protests with callings of “India Out” commenced 2 years ago which have been accelerated since the release of the Opposition leader and former pro – China President Abdulla Yameen from house Arrest.

The Bill draft is named as “The Bill to stop all actions that could negatively affect relations established by the Maldives with Foreign Countries”.

The draft is seen focusing on the “India Out” protests mainly and is supposed to be submitted once country’ Legislative body Majlis, resumes back on February 03,2022.

The mentioned draft Bill seems to have proposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 Maldivian Rufiyan and a six – month Imprisonment or one – year house Arrest to the ones who insinuate that Maldives is under the control of other nation.

The anti – Indian campaign that got fuelled in last two months asserts that the Indian Military Personnel present in Maldives along with the Government is planning to take over the Uthuru Thilafalhu atoll in the control of Indian Navy.

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