The Maldives

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 ]

At the UN Human Rights Council a Large Number of States Call Attention to the Human Rights Situation in the Maldives
7 June 2017 6:39 pm

(Bangkok, Geneva, 7 June 2017) – The Maldives faced unprecedented censure today at the United Nations Human Rights Council (Council), as a number of States called attention to the human rights situation in the country. Speaking jointly, over 30 States called on the Government to engage with the Council to improve the human rights situation [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter to Member and Observer states of the UN HRC on the Human Rights situation in the Maldives
6 June 2017 11:24 am

05-06-2017 To: Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council Excellencies, RE: Human rights situation in the Maldives Attacks against human rights defenders and restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and association have reached alarming levels in Maldives ahead of the Presidential elections, scheduled for 2018. We call on the UN Human Rights [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter to the Government of the Maldives – Killing of Yameen Rasheed Underscores Urgent Need for Reform in the Maldives
12 May 2017 11:30 am

Your Excellency, The undersigned civil society organisations write to you to condemn in the strongest terms the murder of internationally recognised Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed. We call on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice and to end the cycle of impunity [ Read more ]

From our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives – Statement on Press Freedom Day 2017
4 May 2017 4:36 pm

It is unfortunate that freedom of press has been deteriorating in Maldives. We fall under the “Not Free” category in the World Press Freedom Index. This matter certainly cannot be ignored because the result came with good reason. The abduction of Ahmed Rilwan, well-known journalist from Maldives Independent, over three years ago lead to a [ Read more ]

From our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives – Statement on the Brutal Murder of Blogger and Human Rights Defender Yameen Rasheed
24 April 2017 1:27 pm

We call on the international community to assist in the investigation of the brutal murder of Yameen Rasheed, blogger and human rights defender. Yameen is not the first blogger to come under fatal attack and we fear that the local authorities need all the assistance available in this matter. We do not wish for a [ Read more ]

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – Yameen Rasheed: Killing Field of Dissenting Voices Widens in South Asia
12:27 pm

Islamabad, April 23, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan expresses deep shock and grief at the brutal murder of prominent Maldivian blogger and civil rights activist, Yameen Rasheed. We strongly condemn this act of cowardice and impunity, and urge the local and international human rights community to intervene so that justice can be served to Yameen [ Read more ]