Attorney General's Office Faces Backlash Over Controversial Tweet on Chagos Decision

26 May 2023 | 20:24
Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office has officially shared a tweet featuring a chart illustrating the proposed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Delimitation line between Mauritius and the Maldives, as well as the final determination reached by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

The tweet garnered significant criticism in the comments section, as numerous individuals expressed their strong desire for the letter sent by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to be revealed. 

The commenters questioned the transparency of the decision-making process and urged for greater disclosure of relevant information. Furthermore, there were those who voiced their concern and discontent, going so far as to accuse President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of acting out of self-interest and sacrificing the territorial waters of the Maldives for personal gain. 

These critical voices asserted that greed played a significant role in the President's decision-making, casting doubt on his commitment to the welfare and sovereignty of the Maldives.

Former United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed responded to the tweet, asserting that while the general public may not have access to the letter dispatched by President Ibu Solih to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, it is imperative that the parliament be granted visibility of its contents.

In addition, he emphasized that the rationale behind this request is rooted in the fact that Mauritius had already disclosed the aforementioned letter to individuals external to their government.