The Maldives

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 ]

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 ]