Killing of an MP in Maldives condemned by Parliamentarians' Union

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has condemned the killing of a Member of Parliament in the Maldives earlier on Tuesday.

The IPU says the death of Afrasheem Ali is the latest and most tragic act of violence in a country that has been in a political crisis since the start of the year.

Charles Appel reports.

Afrasheem Ali, of the Progressive Party of the Maldives is the first Member of Parliament to be killed although constant political tensions on the islands in the Indian Ocean have led to many serious outbreaks of violence.

The IPU says it is seriously concerned about reports that other MPs are receiving death threats, including through social media channels such as Twitter.

According to the IPU, a number of Maldivian MPs are registered with its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians because of the violence, intimidation and political harassment they are suffering.

The IPU is calling for all violence to end and for all political sides to remain calm.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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