Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon says he is on a hunger strike in an attempt to make relevant authorities realize the gravity of the current situation.
Faris, who is being held at the detention centre in Dhoonidhoo, said this to the members of Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) upon their visit to the centre. Faris’s legal team shared details of the meeting with the media.
According to the legal team, the MP expressed concern about HRCM’s failure to address the concerns he shared earlier. Noting that he was arrested unlawfully, under a state of emergency declared against the law, Faris requested HRCM to share its view on the matter. In response HRCM members said that they are evaluating the situation and therefore, they can only provide a response after.
Saying that he has already spent more than 38 days in detention since his arrest under the state of emergency, Faris said his unlawful detention is not only violating his own rights, by that of the family he is responsible for. Hence he urged the Commission not to take the matter so lightly.
According to the legal team, HRCM said that that it informed the home ministry, police and the Preident’s Office that the jail cells in Dhoonidhoo do not meet the basic standards. The Commission also expressed its belief that installing a camera and monitoring Faris’s cell round-the-clock can be considered as an act of torture and had advised the police not to install cameras.
During the meeting Faris told HRCM that police cannot be trusted as their actions make it very clear that they are planning to get him sentenced. Therefore, he requested HRCM to work harder to put an end to it.
He also said that his repeated requests for a pen and paper were ignored without giving any reasons and the food provided are extremely unhygienic. He said that without taking a major step like a hunger strike, relevant institutions will not realize the gravity of the situation.