The Maldives top court has suspended 12 pro-opposition legislators before a crucial parliamentary vote today, emboldening President Abdulla Yameen as he clings to power in the troubled islands.
Yesterday, the military in the Maldives reportedly threw around twelve Members of Parliament (MPs) from Joint Opposition out of the Parliament building.
Maldivian defence minister says military intervention could affect the respect that the country has for neighbours.
The tiny island nation has been grappling with a political crisis after the president refused to obey a Supreme Court order to release nine political prisoners and declared a state of emergency.
Asserting that the US stands with the people of Maldives, the State Department spokesperson said Yameen, the army and police should respect the Maldives' international human rights obligations.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here that China is for supporting relevant parties in the island nation to resolve the crisis.
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Wednesday sent his special envoys to three 'friendly nations'- China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The UN Security Council will on Thursday discuss the crisis in the Maldives after the president declared a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean island, diplomats said.
Guterres' statement comes after President Abdulla Yameen ordered a state of emergency in the country and gave sweeping powers to the law enforcement agencies and the military.
Amnesty urged the embattled regime leader against using the state of emergency as a cover for rights abuses.
Maldives was plunged into chaos on Thursday when the Supreme Court called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, ruling that their trials were politically motivated and flawed.
Yameen had declared a 15-day state of emergency amid deepening political crisis after the Maldivian Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of former president Nasheed.
Former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed and Judicial administrator Hassan Saeed have been arrested.