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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ahmed Shaheed called on India to invoke R2P on Maldives

For many Maldivians and many others an abbreviation such as “R2P” meant nothing.  It could have meant anything from “Raised to Power” to “Rent for two people” and “Resolutions to problems”. It could have meant a whole lot more. Who would believe it meant “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P). Dr. Ahmed Shaheed in a tweet made on September 26, 2013  said “CMAG must suspend the Maldives from CW n request India to invoke R2P! Ahmed Shaheed.” @ahmedshaheed  

Ahmed Shaheed
He is better known in Maldives as a dubious and unstable personality involved in the evolution and the demolition of systems, the setting up and derailing of processes and the establishment and dismantling organizations.  Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, Dr. Shaheed served as Government Spokesperson to President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. MDP accused him of being the chief "spin doctor" for President Maumoon. 

He co-founded the New Maldives movement and spearheaded the Gaumee Party that sealed the fate of the Gayoom Administration.   On August 21, 2007, Shaheed resigned as Foreign Minister ahead of a second due motion of no-confidence against him tabled in the Majlis.  Gayoom was defeated in the October 2008 presidential election, his successor Mohamed Nasheed, reappointed Shaheed as Foreign Minister in November 2008. Shaheed faced a no confidence motions against him again.  He resigned as Foreign Minister for a second time, to avoid shame from a motion tabled in the Majlis against him, as Foreign Minister in Nasheed’s Government.  He was succeeded by Ahmed Naseem and remained in office until Nasheed’s Resignation on February 7, 2012. 

Shaheed’s career as a diplomat exposed him as much as he got exposure. He learned the diplomatic and Foreign Service language.  Shaheed was never received well by peers and his contemporaries.  Dr. Hassan Saeed’s comment on his onetime colleague and running mate during the 2008 Presidential Race was “He cannot be trusted. Shaheed always had his personal vested interest before anything on every agenda”.  Saeed attributes his failure to rise up to competitive levels to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed. 

Sources close to MDP and fmr. President Mohamed Nasheed maintains that Dr. Ahmed Shaheed’s assignment abroad as UN Rapporteur to Iran came during a much needed time. Iran refused Dr. Shaheed. They believe that Dr. Shaheed’s idle status within the government was creating disturbing scenarios.  One official who did not want to be named said “I am happy he is out of Maldives. We were having tons of problems with this man around. He is MAD “Mutually Aspired Destruction” Thank God he is out of the way”

Nasheed too was swift to move Dr. Shaheed out of the way and out of the country.  Now operating from afar, Shaheed still tries to be a factor in Maldivian politics.   This particular tweet was supposed to trigger an upheaval and reaction from the government.  The Government wisely played it down.  Few local online news media picked up the tweet, but did not meet expectations. 
Shaheed Rapporteur Special for Iran.
he was refused entry visa to Iran 
Shaheed never had an in-depth understanding of the term “R2P” and perhaps that is why he “request India to invoke R2P!” Perhaps he never realized that calling on a foreign government to invoke R2P tantamount to a call for occupation?  It is an act of treason and such people are considered traitors. 

A decision for R2P is taken by the Security Council after lengthy deliberation.  R2P focuses on preventing and halting four crimes: Genocide, War crimes, Crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing, which is placed under the generic umbrella term of “Mass Atrocity Crimes”. 

The R2P has three "pillars"
1. A state has a responsibility to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.
2. The international community has a responsibility to assist the state to fulfill its primary responsibility.
3. If the state manifestly fails to protect its citizens from the four above mass atrocities and peaceful measures have failed, the international community has the responsibility to intervene through coercive measures such as economic sanctions. Military intervention is considered the last resort.
If the collective decision of the Commonwealth Ministers Action Group (CMAG) was to be a wee bit foolish than that of Ahmed Shaheed’s , then the CW spearheaded by the Canadian Foreign Minister, CMAG may consider putting Maldives on their “Agenda” again.   Whilst the possibility exists, it is noteworthy to state that such a move would force Maldives to decide pulling out of the “neo-colonial Club.”
Recently, commonwealth has been displaying an uneasiness to remove its colonial overcoat and overcome the pompous attitudes of the past. Recognizing this, the leader of the tiny West African nation President Jammeh quit his country’s membership of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth is not a popular organization among the people of Maldives.  President Gayoom made the decision to join, to satisfy his ego and pride getting photographed standing beside the aging Queen.  What benefit did the common Maldivian get from been a member of the Commonwealth no other practical purpose. For all good intensions and purposes Maldivians should opt OUT NOW. 

His R2P call to India is nothing but a display of Shaheed ignorance and his petty state of mind.  The Indian Government is fully aware of the terms and obligations and its scope 

The second marriage ended in disaster
Shaheed continues to consolidate the conflict within him as he had to go through the difficult and uncertain days.  Maldivians are calling on the government and immigration authorities to strip Dr. Shaheed off his citizenship and recall the travel documents and NIC issued to him.

1 comment:

  1. What is commonwealth. Opt out of the neo-colonial organization where old britain and the racist Canadians are trying to maintain their supremacy and satisfy their ailing ego. Shun the Colonial powers. QUIT COMMONWEALTH. I call upon the Maldivian government to cancel the passport of traitor shaheed and get the shortie locked up somewhere. Neither Britain or Canada can mess with this country. We may be small but we have big hearts.


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