The Maldives

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 ]

ANNI Letter of Concern over Reprisals against Human Rights Commission of Maldives
2 October 2014 6:45 pm

  2 October 2014 H.E Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom President of the Republic of the Maldives The President’s Office Boduthakurufaanu Magu Male’ REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES By Fax: (960) 332 5500 Dear Mr. President, Re: ANNI Letter of Concern over Reprisals against Human Rights Commission of Maldives We register our strongest condemnation of the summons and [ Read more ]

Item 2 & 3 General Debate: Introduction of OHCHR report on the Human Rights Council panel discussion on the safety of journalists
16 September 2014 6:49 pm

Oral statement delivered by Kirsty Welch (Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative- CHRI) in association with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) Mr. President, this statement is delivered by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in association with FORUM-ASIA and our long standing partner the Maldivian Democracy Network [ Read more ]

Maldives: Government Must Amend Laws on Freedom of Assembly and Association to Meet Constitutional Guarantees and International Obligations
17 August 2014 7:30 pm

(Male’/Bangkok, 17 August 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) today jointly reiterated their call on the government of Maldives to make substantial changes to the laws on assembly and association to meet both the country’s constitutional guarantees of fundamental rights as well as its [ Read more ]

Maldives: Government must Respect Freedom of Assembly and Association to ensure People’s Right to Political Participation
24 June 2013 6:19 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Male, 22 June 2013) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, facilitated an international mission to the Maldives from 17 June to the 22 June 2013. The primary objective of the mission is to evaluate [ Read more ]

Maldives: Nasheed’s Resignation Must Not Create Backslide of Human Rights and Democracy
8 February 2012 2:10 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8 February 2012, Bangkok/Geneva) – The long-running political impasse between ruling and opposition parties, which led to the resignation of President Mohammed Nasheed yesterday may compromise the progress made by the Maldivian government in recent years towards the development of national legislation and mechanisms to uphold universal human rights standards and democratic [ Read more ]

16th HRC: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on the Maldives
15 March 2011 9:00 pm

16th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Wednesday, 16 March 2011 Thank you Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA and the Maldivian Democracy Network [1] appreciate the efforts of the Maldivian government in convening the UPR Standing Committee in the country for the inclusive debate with all stakeholders to solicit the State positions of each UPR [ Read more ]