The Maldives

The Maldives: Ensure justice for Yameen by opening the doors of the Courts
8 October 2017 6:49 pm

(Bangkok, 8 October 2017) – Yameen Rasheed, 29-year-old, popular blogger and human rights defender from the Maldives, was brutally murdered on 23 April 2017. While the horrific attack was widely condemned both within and outside the country, so far belief in justice for Yameen has been hampered by serious questions related to the integrity of [ Read more ]

From Our Members Maldivian Democracy Network, The Maldives – Trial Observation of Individuals Charged for the Abduction of Maldivian Journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla
20 September 2017 4:50 pm

Trial Observation of Individuals Charged for the Abduction of Maldivian Journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla  20 September 2017   Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, journalist, blogger and human rights defender, was disappeared on 8 August 2014. The Maldives Police Service established in 2016 that Abdulla was abducted. Three men have been charged with terrorism for the abduction. According [ Read more ]

Maldives: Rescind the summary suspension of 56 lawyers calling for judicial reform
15 September 2017 11:01 am

14 September 2017 The undersigned non-governmental organizations call on The Supreme Court of Maldives to rescind the indefinite suspension of all 56 lawyers who signed a petition to the Supreme Court calling for the independence and reform of the judiciary. Their suspension follows a joint petition on 30 August 2017 by 56 lawyers, two of [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on Human Rights Situations in Several Asian Countries
13 September 2017 10:43 am

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2 General Debate: Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 12 September 2017 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the Oral Update by the UN [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Joint Open Letter to President Yameen on the announced resumption of executions
10 August 2017 3:06 pm

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom The President’s Office Boduthakurufaanu Magu Malé 20113 Republic of Maldives 10th August 2017 Dear President Yameen, We write to express dismay at your Government’s plans to resume executions in the Maldives, and your own statement on 6 th August that executions will take place in September. As Maldivian and international [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Three years since Rilwan’s disappearance still no credible investigation
7 August 2017 7:17 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 August 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the lack of a credible investigation into the disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan. The inaction of the Government of the Maldives to pursue justice and legitimately address the matter contributes to a worsening environment for human rights defenders [ Read more ]

From our member Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives – Arbitrary Arrests, Use of Excessive Force, Violence Against Journalists, Members of Parliament and the Public and Disregard for Legal Boundaries by the Maldives Police Service
27 July 2017 4:37 pm

(27 July 2017) – We condemn the recent actions by members of the Maldives Police Service and call on the police to remain within the ambits of the Constitution and the laws at all times. On the 26th July 2017 we have observed that the police deployed around the rally venue of the Maldivian Democratic [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on Freedom of Expression in the Maldives and Investigation into Yameen Rasheed’s Murder
14 June 2017 5:42 pm

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: General Debate on promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Oral Statement Delivered by Hussain Rasheed on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Mr [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Human Rights in the Maldives
8 June 2017 11:21 am

Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 11:00 – 12:30 Venue: Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva Over 10 years ago, following domestic pressure and international censure, the Maldives initiated a reform process to transition from a long period of single party rule. In 2008, this led to the first full-fledged democratic elections. This transition to full-fledged [ Read more ]