The Maldives

HRC38: Oral Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression
22 June 2018 1:56 pm

38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Oral Statement Delivered by Emmanuel Amistad on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 20 June 2018 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes [ Read more ]

The Maldives: A year after the killing of Yameen Rasheed, justice remains elusive
23 April 2018 5:28 pm

(Bangkok, 23 April 2018) – Today marks one year since the brutal murder of human rights defender and prominent writer, Yameen Rasheed, in the Maldives. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Maldivian authorities to ensure his killers are brought to justice through a transparent and credible investigation and judicial [ Read more ]

The Maldives: End the targeted harassment and intimidation of human rights defender Shahindha Ismail
5 April 2018 4:01 pm

(Bangkok, 5 April 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership), Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative call on the Government of the Maldives to immediately end the targeted harassment and intimidation of prominent human [ Read more ]

Joint Press Release: Maldives: Stop Acts of Torture against Detainees
15 March 2018 2:44 pm

Press Release 15 March 2018 Maldives: Stop Acts of Torture against Detainees The Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on the government of Maldives to refrain from acts of torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees arrested since the declaration [ Read more ]

The Maldives reprimanded by the international community at the UN Human Rights Council
9 March 2018 1:42 am

(Geneva, 08 March 2018) Today, at the UN Human Rights Council, over 40 States expressed concern over the situation in the Maldives. Speaking jointly, they called on the government of the Maldives to immediately address the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and peacefully end the state of emergency.[1] They further called on the [ Read more ]

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives – Press Release: Police use of Disproportionate, Violent Force against Journalists and Demonstrators on 16 February 2018
19 February 2018 3:33 pm

We condemn in the strongest terms the conduct of the Maldives Police Service on 16 February 2018 by using excessive force to disperse demonstrators, especially the conduct against journalists covering the protests in the capital, Male’ City. The law enforcement, oversight bodies of the State, the Broadcasting Commission and the Maldives Media Council must investigate [ Read more ]

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives – Open Letter to President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom in response to his public address on 6 February 2018
9 February 2018 10:47 am

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom The President’s Office Male’, Republic of Maldives 8 February 2018 Dear President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, We write to you in relation to the statements you made with regard to the Supreme Court judgment (No. 01/SJ-SC/2018) releasing all political prisoners, while addressing the Maldivian people on Tuesday, 6 February 2018. [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Lift the State of Emergency and Comply with the Supreme Court Ruling
6 February 2018 6:20 pm

(Bangkok, 6 February 2018) –  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of the Maldives to immediately lift the state of emergency and restore fundamental freedoms and rights of its people. President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day nationwide state of emergency on Monday, 5 February 2018, amid intensified political [ Read more ]

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives – Press Release: Implementation of the Supreme Court Order no.2018/SC-SJ/01
5 February 2018 11:15 am

Press Release 03 February 2018 Implementation of the Supreme Court Order no.2018/SC-SJ/01 We welcome the decision of the judiciary to reverse some of the unlawful and unconstitutional decisions that led to the destruction of the rule of law and the weakening of democratic governance in the country, and the call on all relevant government authorities [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Ensure the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defender Shahindha Ismail
3 January 2018 6:35 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 3 January, 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over death threats and online intimidation against Shahindha Ismail, the Executive Director of the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN). On 21 December 2017, Shahindha responded to a speech by President Abdulla Yameen, in which he declared that Islam would be [ Read more ]