The Maldives

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives – Seminar on Parliament Accountability
5 May 2016 11:55 am

On 6 May 2016 the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) will be organising a seminar on parliament accountability and interactive meeting between MP Anara Naeem and her constituents, encouraging the voters to hold their MP accountable. The first of this series of workshops began in March, and a total of 10 workshops will be held with [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Arrest of Journalists Condemned; Protect Freedom of Press
4 April 2016 7:51 pm

(Bangkok, 4 April 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of 16 journalists in the Maldives on 3 April 2016. The arrests followed a violent crackdown on a peaceful demonstration against increasing restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression in the country. FORUM-ASIA calls [ Read more ]

HRC30 Oral Statement – Universal Periodic Review Plenary on the Maldives
25 September 2015 11:14 am

30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on the Maldives Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 24 September 2015 Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA makes this statement together with our member Maldivian Democracy Network [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC29: Follow up and Implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action
30 June 2015 11:46 am

29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow up and Implementation of the VDPA Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 29 June 2015 Mr. President, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA) makes several references to [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC29, Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention
25 June 2015 12:19 pm

29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 24 June 2015 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA expresses concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in several [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) Latest Victim of Judicial Overreach
22 June 2015 11:13 am

19 JUNE 2015 – In yet another act of judicial over-reach, the Supreme Court has effectively neutered the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) by finding its stakeholder submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) unlawful. It was accompanied by an ominous 11-point guideline which imposes excessive and arbitrary restrictions on the HRCM, particularly [ Read more ]

HRC28, Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention (General Debate)
17 March 2015 6:37 pm

28th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Delivered by Pornpen Khongkachonkiet on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 17 March 2015 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA expresses concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in a number of Asian countries. We draw this Council’s attention to the increasing [ Read more ]

Maldives: Trial and Conviction of Former President Nasheed Condemned
14 March 2015 7:54 pm

(Bangkok/Malé, 14 March 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) today condemned the decision of the Criminal Court to convict former President, Mohamed Nasheed, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, for allegedly ordering the detention of a Criminal Court judge in January 2012. Nasheed was [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Release Former President Nasheed and All Detained Protestors
24 February 2015 7:09 pm

(Male’/Bangkok, 24 February 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) deplored the arrest and charges against opposition party leader and former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, as well as the detention of fourteen other protestors criticising Nasheed’s arrest. The two human rights groups called on [ Read more ]