CHRI on the Maldives and India’s silence on the country’s worsening situation

During Yameen’s visit to New Delhi on the eve of the April CMAG meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed at India’s role as the “net security provider” in the Indian Ocean. If indeed “Maldives’ security and stability is linked to Indian national interests” then the Indian government must move from rhetoric to action. As a CMAG member state, India is poised to play a pivotal role in preventing Maldives’ slide back to authoritarianism of the past. At the next CMAG meeting on September 23, India will have a choice to make – call for action against the Maldivian government to restore democracy and human rights, or join the list of countries that offer protection at international forums to regimes involved in human rights violations. More