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Are the Maldives safe? FCO issue warning against travel to the tropical paradise

POLITICAL UNREST: The reinstatement of the death penalty has thrown the Maldives into unrest

Popular honeymoon destination the Maldives might not be as safe as you think.

The country is currently in a state of political unrest after the reinstatement of the death penalty.

The Foreign Office (FCO) has said while most travel to the islands are safe, they advise against large gatherings in the capital Male.

This warning comes as the FCO speculate large gatherings could become violent after the Maldivian military has blockaded parliament to prevent an impeachment vote.

Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen looks set to reinstate the death penalty after it has been banned for 60 years.

This move has been largely criticised by human rights groups who claim the men that will be sentenced to death were convicted of murder after “unfair” trials.

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed told the Telegraph: “Now he’s [Yameen’s] reportedly planning to restart executions – an utterly cynical ploy to intimidate and scare people into submission.”

Nasheed was jailed by the Yameen regime in 2015 on terrorism charges – he was later exiled to the UK with the help of lawyers including Amal Clooney.

Sir Richard Branson has said he will remove his business from the Maldives if the executions go ahead.

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He likened the executions to the Dark Ages and said they would be an “awful political move”.

So what does this mean for your Maldives holiday?

The unrest is centred to the capital city and away from the vacationing islands.

Many resorts in the Maldives have their own island situated far away from the capital so there is little chance this will affect your holiday at all.

If you do want to cancel your holiday, it is unlikely you will receive a refund unless the FCO places a ban on travelling to the region.

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