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Centre for Law and Democracy suggests Maldives failing to protect journalists thumbnail

Centre for Law and Democracy suggests Maldives failing to protect journalists

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.


Asia Pacific Forum urges president to preserve independence of HRCM thumbnail

Asia Pacific Forum urges president to preserve independence of HRCM

“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.


IS un-Islamic and anti-Islamic, tells Dr Waheed at UN General Assembly thumbnail

IS un-Islamic and anti-Islamic, tells Dr Waheed at UN General Assembly

“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.


Former justice minister slams “judicial dictatorship” thumbnail

Former justice minister slams “judicial dictatorship”

“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.


Allegations of ties between police and terrorist groups harm national interest, says police commissioner thumbnail

Allegations of ties between police and terrorist groups harm national interest, says police commissioner

“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 slams HRCM for basing rights assessment on “rejected” UN rapporteur findings thumbnail

Supreme Court slams HRCM for basing rights assessment on “rejected” UN rapporteur findings

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.


Maldives’ human rights developments “disturbing”, says Canadian foreign minister thumbnail

Maldives’ human rights developments “disturbing”, says Canadian foreign minister

“The likely kidnapping of a leading local journalist and threats and attacks against other journalists, politicians and activists are particularly disturbing,” said John Baird.


Three arrested in connection with Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

Three arrested in connection with Rilwan’s disappearance

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.


Interschool theatre festival demonstrates youth awareness of human rights issues thumbnail

Interschool theatre festival demonstrates youth awareness of human rights issues

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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories