In an open letter to President Abdulla Yameen the Canadian NGO suggested that unsolved attacks on media outlets and the disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan show the Maldives is failing to adhere to human rights obligations.
“In expressing its considered opinion to the UPR, the HRCM is fulfilling its official and legal mandate,” reads a letter from APF Chairperson Dr Ali Ben Smaihk Al-Marri sent to President Yameen on September 24.
“Islam, our great religion of peace, compassion and tolerance, is being hijacked by radical and extremist elements to perpetuate hatred and violence,” Dr Waheed said at the 69th session of the General Assembly.
“If we don’t want an executive dictatorship from a dictatorship, we don’t want a judicial dictatorship either,” the former speaker of parliament said, calling on the public to speak out for judicial reform.
“The commissioner of police said no one who wishes well or wants a good future for the country would speak ill of the public and talk either in the Maldives or abroad in a manner that could render the country’s sound institutions powerless,” reads a news update from the police media.
Supreme Court judges today denounced HRCM’s statements on the judiciary as “dangerous,” “irresponsible” and based on a “rejected” 2013 report by UN Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
“The likely kidnapping of a leading local journalist and threats and attacks against other journalists, politicians and activists are particularly disturbing,” said John Baird.
The Criminal Court has extended the detention of two men for five days and a third man for seven days. These are the first arrests in relation to Rilwan’s disappearance and have been welcomed by the Maldivian Democracy Network.
Seven schools participated in the first event of its kind, organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives. The winning entry highlighted the plight of migrant workers.