Rights watchdog condemns hijacking of fishing vessel

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) has condemned the alleged hijacking of a local fishing vessel in the waters near Vadinolhu island of Laamu atoll.

A group of men boarded the vessel, ‘Faskuri’ near Vadinolhu on October 26 and threatened the boat’s captain and crew, and demanded the boat to travel to a specific destination.

The Human Rights Commission released a statement on the matter a week after the incident, condemning the actions of the group that attacked the boat.

In its statement, HRCM described the act as an act of terrorism and listed several rights that were infringed by the act. The statement called on authorities to investigate the case at the earliest and to deliver justice to the victims of the incident. It also said the commission would closely monitor the progress of the case.

While three people have been arrested in connection to the incident, the owner of the vessel has denied that any such incident took place aboard his vessel.