Pertaining to the Press Release Issued by the Criminal Court on 02 March 2016
The Criminal Court fully ensures that the Court takes the initiative and all measures necessary to stop any party from defaming the dignity, reputation and honour of persons. Following are the points highlighted in the Press Release issued on 02 March 2015 by the Criminal Court on the matter.
To safeguard such matters, as in other nations a criminal justice system in keeping with the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives is in place to maintain peace and harmony and to ensure that the Maldives is also a nation of peace loving citizens.
Based on accepted principles, finding peaceful solutions to disagreements and disputes between persons and organizations is the most venerable responsibility assigned to humanity. If the responsibility is not carried out accordingly and if peaceful solutions are not found within the boundaries of law resulting in the failure to protect peopleâ€™s individuality their property, dignity, belief, and psyche.
The Constitution of the Republic of Maldives guarantees as fundamental rights, the Right to Freedom of Expression, the Right to Freedom of Assembly and the Right to form Organizations and Associations. The Maldives is a country which has acceded many international human rights related conventions and accepted democracy as its political system.
The protection of human dignity is one of the five objectives of Islamic Shariah. Also the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives guarantees the existence of the State its sovereignty, independence and related rights, and also the good name, progress and harmonious lifestyle of the people of Maldives.
As the Maldives is a 100% Muslim country and also a country which only practices the religion of Islam, no Maldivian shall violate the above mentioned objective.
Article 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives states that every individual has a right to respect for his private and family life and all persons must respect these rights. Also Article 33 of the Constitution ensures the right to protect the reputation and name of each person.
For these reasons the Criminal Court affirms that the court will take all measures necessary to stop any party from violating the dignity, reputation and honour of persons.