US looking into alleged human rights violations in Maldives

PTI Washington | Updated on October 10, 2012 Published on October 10, 2012

The US is looking into allegations of human rights violations in Maldives but has not been able to confirm them so far, the State Department has said.

The remarks came after Amnesty International accused the Maldivian security forces of abusing their power.

“We’ve seen the reports by Amnesty International about allegations of police brutality. We would take any kinds of allegations of police abuse very seriously. We are looking into them in the Maldives, but we haven’t been able to confirm them,” Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson, told reporters yesterday at her daily news conference.

“We have been trying to get in touch with the former President, with whom we’ve had a regular dialogue all the way through this, to determine whether there’s any truth to this,” Nuland said in response to a question.

The State Department remarks came after the former Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed, 45, was freed by a court where he appeared after overnight detention and was given 25 days to answer the allegations of abusing power while in office.

Published on October 10, 2012
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