US and UK ask Maldivian goverment to end the national emergency imposed yesterday
Several countries and international human rights groups have urged the Maldives government to end the national emergency that was imposed yesterday and to restore full constitutional freedoms of the citizens. US State Department has asked President Yameen to revoke emergency provisions and release former President Mohamed Nasheed.
British Minister Hugo Swire called upon Maldives government to uphold the commitments made to the Commonwealth - to ensure democracy and rule of law in the country. Human Rights group Amnesty International cautioned that the state of emergency raises prospect of further attacks on dissent and human rights in the country. The organization has called upon the government to provide a careful justification for imposing emergency.