Supreme Court abjectly objects to objectivity

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Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz

Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz’s suggestion that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay cannot pass comment on Maldivian politics is one that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the country’s place in the world, and the world’s place in the country.

Faiz’s labelling of Pillay’s statement as “poorly researched” appears have been chosen under the misapprehension that additional knowledge is always accompanied by additional insight.

Whilst this is certainly true up to a certain point, Faiz seems to have missed the point that – after a certain limit – too much information can hinder one’s ability to analyse.

The law of diminishing returns comes into effect as an initial aid to understanding quickly becomes the enemy of objectivity.

Indeed, Faiz’s assertion that the United Nations cannot pass judgement on the intricacies of Maldivian politics without understanding every player and every prologue misses the basic point that this is precisely why they can pass judgement.

This fundamental failure to understand independence and objectivity pervades the country’s politics, and has clearly taken hold in the highest court of the land – the one place where this quality is most needed.

Whilst arguing that the UN was developed to protect other country’s sovereignty, Faiz misses the crucial point that the UN is also there to provide objectivity to other nations.

The United Nations charter was created to provide a universal set of standards after a global war in which a loss of objectivity took 100 million lives with it.

Faiz’s outrage makes clear once again that many of the men controlling the Maldives at present have lost their own objectivity.

Perhaps this is how the criminal deals with his conscience, by sinking deep into a swamp of moral relativism, fishing around in the dark for justification and cause.

Rather than a globally integrated nation, built on the tradewinds blowing from the middle east into the Indian Ocean, the country’s current crop of leaders would prefer to see the Maldives as an isolated nation, railing against a world that doesn’t understand it.

Navi Pillay didn’t understand, the UN doesn’t understand, just as over one thousand election observers didn’t understand.

When nobody understands you, perhaps you are no longer making sense – but how would you know if you never ask for a second opinion?

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Photo Gemima Harvey

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Photo Gemima Harvey




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