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Resumption of the death penalty in the Maldives after 60 years

Thursday 7th of September 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

After a de facto moratorium of more than 60 years, the Maldives will restore the death penalty. The news was announced by Mohamed Hussain Shareef, a senior adviser to President Abdulla Yameen, on the 22nd of August. As reported by the United Nations, among the twenty detainees now facing the death sentence, at least five are juvenile offenders. According to Shareef, three of the prisoners will be executed “soon”. 

The United Nations and Amnesty International, along with many human rights organisations, strongly oppose restoring the death penalty and urge the Maldivian government to reconsider. These organisations have also denounced the fact that some prisoners sentenced to death may not have had fair trials.

According to United Nations' Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, “the resumption of executions in the Maldives after more than 60 years would be a great setback for the country and entire region, and would run counter to international trends towards abolition.”

The IJJO strongly condemns the death penalty for children and adults, as well as other inhumane sentences, such as life imprisonment and corporal punishment. We urge the Maldivian government not to restore the death penalty, and we encourage national and international organisations to work together to ensure that all countries apply alternative sentences that respect International Law and the basic right to human life.

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