4 November 2015, Male'; President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared a State of Emergency for a period of 30 days effective from 12 noon today. The State of Emergency was declared because the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the Maldives Police have discovered a large cache of arms in two different locations in the Maldives, and that the security forces believe that some weapons and ammunitions are still missing, and that the security forces have information that some individuals are planning to use these weapons and ammunition, which poses a serious threat to the people and to national security.
Measures adopted in the State of Emergency includes temporarily suspending the following:
- Article 19 of the Constitution: (freedom from restraint)
- Article 24 of the Constitution: (right to privacy)
- Article 31 of the Constitution: (right to strike)
- Article 32 of the Constitution: (freedom of assembly)
- Article 41 of the Constitution: (freedom of movement and establishment)
- Article 45 of the Constitution: Except the rights not to be arrested or imprisoned except as provided by law)
- Article 47 of the Constitution: (search and seizure and confiscation of residential property)
- Peaceful Assembly Act 1/2003.
In addition to that, the State of Emergency declaration has reduced the number of days in Article 100 (d) of the Constitution, from fourteen to seven.
The State of Emergency does not limit or restrict fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution or under any other legislation including freedom of expression, freedom of the media, fair and transparent hearings, rights on arrest or detention, rights of the accused, prohibition on the use of confessions and illegal evidence, assistance of legal counsel, prohibition on degrading treatment or torture, humane treatment of arrested or detained persons, retrospective legislation, retention of other rights for non-compliance with unlawful orders.
Despite the State of Emergency being declared, the situation in the Maldives remains stable. The State of Emergency does not pose any restrictions on travelling to the Maldives, and there is no threat to tourist resorts or guest houses.