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HRCM takes measures in 7 cases related to deaths, disappearances

05 February 2019, MVT 16:03
Some of the heads of Human Rights Commission of the Maldives. PHOTO: MIHAARU
05 February 2019, MVT 16:03

Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) reported on Tuesday that it has taken measures against those who were negligent in seven cases related to unusual deaths and disappearances.

However, no details about the cases were provided in the statement released by the commission. HRCM only disclosed the number of similar cases that were submitted for investigation between the years 2007 and 2018.

The human rights watchdog revealed that a total of 16 cases related to unusual deaths and disappearances were submitted to the commission for investigation. Moreover, the commission took the initiative to investigate a further 37 cases, as per their statement.

Additionally, HRCM disclosed that within the past 11 years, 53 cases were investigated, out of which 45 cases have now been concluded.

Some cases investigated by HRCM:

- A child's death due to governmental negligence

- The disappearance of five people

- 28 people who died while under state custody

- 17 cases filed regarding the negligence of hospitals and health centres

- Two cases filed regarding inadequate investigations by Maldives Police Service regarding two individuals that died upon being attacked by sharp objects

Although HRCM announced taking measures in seven cases, it is unknown which department of the government carried out the procedures as no details were disclosed.

The commission’s statement revealed that they were following the implementation of required measurements by the relevant authorities.

The statement further noted that no negligence was involved in 23 of the cases investigated by the commission.

Since there is negligence of government institutions in two of the cases, HRCM has decided to file the cases at the Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office. One of these cases is the death of Abdulla Rasheed, who died serving a jail sentence in Maafushi Prison. Details about the second case were not revealed.

Currently, HRCM is investigating a case of a missing person and eight deaths due to negligence.

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