The government of the Maldives recently announced that it will no longer be part of the Commonwealth. The nation feels that it has been unfairly treated by the Commonwealth group because of all the questioning over its human rights record. Earlier this year, the Commonwealth launched complaints to the Maldivian government over the treatment of its people who oppose the government or are from different political parties. Many have been jailed.
Maldives is a country in the Indian Ocean made up of nearly 1,200 islands. The country is famous for its white sandy beaches, blue water, coral reefs, and palm trees. The country’s beauty attracts many tourists. The capital of Maldives is the busy, bustling city of Male. Maldives’ official language is Dhivehi. It was under the control of the British for almost 80 years, and got its independence in 1965.
The Commonwealth is a group of countries most of which were part of the British Empire in the past. Now there are 52 nations in the group. The Commonwealth nations encourage economic development and trade amongst themselves, and also promote democracy, human rights, and peace. The head of the Commonwealth is Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom.
Before the Maldives, the last nation to pull out from the Commonwealth was The Gambia in 2013.
Image Credits: Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defense for the Queen’s image, maldives.com for the image of the island
Sources: https://www.thecgf.com, http://thecommonwealth.org, CIA World Factbook, BBC