“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.
MDP MP Imthiyaz Fahmy delivered a lecture titled ‘The Maldives backtracking on democracy: human rights violations, impunity, and increasing religious extremism’ at the University of Western Australia on Friday.
“I am not necessarily saying that senior government ministers used gangs to make Rilwan disappear or torch the MDP [office] or sent [death threats via] texts. But senior government officials are using gangs for many other things,” said Nasheed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US embassy in Colombo, and international press freedom organisations have issued statements condemning the attack on the Minivan News office.
The arson attack follows vandalism of the main opposition party’s office for two consecutive nights and numerous death threat texts sent from unlisted numbers to MDP MPs, senior members, and journalists.
Round the clock electricity service will be provided to all inhabited islands by mid-2015, President Abdulla Yameen pledged at a ceremony held last night to inaugurate the distribution of 77 generators by government utility company Fenaka to the atolls.
“Since the report publicized on September 22, 2014 is independent without the family or any others’ involvement, I call on the Maldives Police Services to investigate the issues highlighted on the report without delay,” said the mother of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan.