The report on climate and economics in South Asia released today said that the Maldives had the most to benefit from mitigation efforts, reducing economic losses caused from potential sea-level rises by more than two thirds.
“Malé has become a jail in broad daylight, full of fear. Now since the threats started being sent, the first person, a journalist, has been abducted,” said MDP MP Ibrahim Shareef during a parliamentary debate today.
“There is every reason to be concerned about Rilwan, especially as gangs and religious extremists are very often responsible for threats to journalists,” Reporters Without Borders has said after Minivan News said it believed Ahmed Rilwan has been abducted.
Two eyewitnesses in Hulhumalé have reported seeing a man in dark clothes being forced into a vehicle at knifepoint outside Rilwan’s apartment at around 2am. Ahmed Rilwan was last seen boarding the 1am ferry to Hulhumale on August 8.
“The death threats are being issued to Honourable Gasim Ibrahim by those displeased with his efforts in the People’s Majlis, the media, and various other arenas for the benefit and wellbeing of the Maldivian people,” said the Jumhooree Party.
“The people of Maldives are not allowed to express or assemble freely, which is a fundamental right they are taking away from them,” argued Shahinda Ismail, urging changes to the freedom of association laws.