On 16th July, a news release from the EU Council said that the Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures against persons and entities responsible for undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives as well as persons and entities responsible for serious human rights violations. This decision makes it possible, if the situation does not improve, to impose a travel ban and an asset freeze on relevant individuals and entities. In other words, the EU is ready to impose sanctions if things in the Maldives do not improve. In February, the EU had expressed concern about developments in the Maldives and had called for a lifting of the state of emergency, which had been imposed after the Supreme Court had overturned criminal convictions against 9 of the President Abdulla Yameen’s opponents (including a former president). The President ordered the arrest of 2 judges of the court and an aide on terrorism charges. The state of emergency was lifted in March but tension remains. Following the crackdown on dissent by the government.