The Maldives

[Joint Statement] The Maldives: One year since the arbitrary ban of Maldivian rights group the Maldivian Democracy Network
19 December 2020 3:00 am

19 December 2020 Today marks one year since the Government of the Maldives arbitrarily shut down the longest serving human rights group in the country, the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) and arbitrarily confiscated all of its funds. Since then, the Government has not reversed any of its unconstitutional actions related to the dissolution of MDN. [ Read more ]

Report: Human Rights in South Asia in Times of Pandemic
25 November 2020 4:00 pm

  The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time considered to be the biggest public health crisis in recent history and has presented a tremendous challenge to our societies. Globally, the pandemic has caused immense health and socio-economic problems. More than 59 million people have tested positive for the virus with [ Read more ]

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) – Status of Selected Recommendations made to the Government of Maldives
9 November 2020 6:42 pm

MALDIVES – STATUS OF SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS MADE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF MALDIVES Updated information and suggested recommendations for the 36th Session of the Working Group for the UPR. Based on Stakeholder Submissions made jointly by Maldivina Democracy Network (MDN) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), & CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] UN: Upcoming UN review critical moment for Maldives to address civic freedom gaps
2 November 2020 2:13 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 2 November 2020) ‒ CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on United Nations (UN) member states to urge the Government of the Maldives to protect civic freedoms as its human rights record is examined by the UN on 4 November 2020 as part of the 36th session of [ Read more ]

[Joint Press Statement] Arbitrary serizure of donor funds from the Maldivian Democracy Network
3 June 2020 5:25 pm

Re: The request made to the People’s Majlis (Parliament), to investigate and take adequate action against the freezing of accounts and unauthorised seizure of MVR 866,620.35 (US$ 56,201.06) from the State Bank of India accounts held by Maldivian Democracy Network in the Maldives. 03rd June 2020 The undersigned organisations have jointly submitted a petition to [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Grossly Inadequate without Justice for Yameen Rasheed
23 April 2020 3:33 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 23 April 2020) – The murder of Maldivian human rights defender and writer, Yameen Rasheed, three years ago, remains a stain on the human rights record of the Maldives, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Maldivian Democracy Network, said in a statement today. Yameen Rasheed, a prominent writer and [ Read more ]

(Cancelled) HRC 43 Side Event: Protection for Women Human Rights Defenders in Asia
28 February 2020 11:53 am

** This side event is cancelled due to the global COVID-19 situation ** Date: 5 March 2020 Time: 13:00 – 14:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Moderator: Sejin Kim, FORUM-ASIA Panelists:  Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDs Mandkhaitsetsen Urantulkhuur, Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia Shahindha Ismail, Maldivian Democracy [ Read more ]

Maldives: Dissolution of the Maldivian Democracy Network is violation of fundamental human rights
25 December 2019 6:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the announcement by the Maldivian authorities on 19 December 2019 that the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) has been dissolved. MDN is a prominent human rights organisation, and a member of FORUM-ASIA. On 19 December 2019, the Ministry of Youth, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Maldives: Reverse the decision to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network
6 November 2019 6:05 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva/Kathmandu/Paris, 6 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – a partnership between International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – strongly condemn the decision on 5 November 2019 of the Maldivian authorities to [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Maldives: Civil society groups call for better respect for civic freedoms in report to the UN
23 October 2019 5:38 pm

23 October 2019 Maldives: Civil society groups call for better respect for civic freedoms in report to the UN Civil society groups CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA have submitted information to the UN Human Rights Council on civic freedoms in the country ahead of its review in 2020. While welcoming the human rights improvements undertaken by the [ Read more ]