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UN tells Maldive FM about concerns over state of emergency

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A senior UN has told about Antonio Guterres's concerns over the declaration of a state of emergency there by Abdulla Yameen, according to a UN

Miroslav Jenca, the Assistant for Political Affairs, spoke to Asim and directly relayed to him the concerns Guterres had expressed in his statement on the Maldives, Farhan Haq, the Secretary-General's spokesperson, said here Thursday.

In the statement released on Tuesday, Guterres asked the government "to uphold the constitution and rule of law, lift the state of emergency as soon as possible, and take all measures to ensure the safety and security of the people in the country, including members of the judiciary."

On Wednesday, UN for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad made a harsh criticism of Yameen.

"Yameen has, to put it bluntly, usurped the authority of the State's and its ability to work independently from the executive," he said.

"I am seriously concerned that the measures taken appear to go beyond those permissible during a state of emergency, restricting the basic tenets of democracy and undermining respect for fundamental rights in the country," he said.

Yameen clamped down the state of emergency on Monday after the overturned the terrorism conviction of former Mohamed Nasheed, who lives in exile in Britain, as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges. It also ordered the reinstatement of 12 suspended opposition members of parliament.

Two of the five judges were arrested by government forces and the other three overturned the court's unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians.

Guterres statement said he was seriously concerned about the entry of security forces into the

The of Kuwait, which is the president of the Security Council, had said that Jenca was expected to brief the Council during a closed briefing session on Thursday.

Kuwait's Permanent Mansour Al-Otaibi, who briefed reporters on the day's Council proceedings would not confirm if the briefing had taken place.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 04:30 IST