Category: Maldives

UN ‘deeply concerned’ over Maldives crackdown

Published in The Business Standard on Oct. 17 :: The United Nations today voiced “deep concern” over a crackdown by the Maldivian Supreme Court on the country’s independent rights watchdog for cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council. The five-member independent Human Rights Council of the Maldives (HRCM) faces “serious criminal charges” for submitting a report to the UN, spokeswoman Ravina...

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Few clues in search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan

Published in Minivan News on Aug. 15 ::  The search for missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla continued without success today, eight days after his last sighting. “We are very grateful to all those involved in the search,” said Rilwan’s sister Fathimath Shehenaz. “We are very worried. We want him home safe. We will not give up,” she added....

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Standards dealing with human rights issues should be fair

Published in People’s Daily on Aug. 05 :: By Volker Tschapke, Prussian Association President (CNTV) :: I went to China for the first time in 1984, and after 2009, I went there at least once a year. Every time when I returned Germany, I began to look forward to the next China trip. I have enjoyed complete freedom in China. China is very safe; it’s one of the countries that have the lowest crime rate...

SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam

24 March 2014 SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) mourns the death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam, human rights activist, Attorney-at-Law and former Bureau Member of SAHR, who passed away on 22 March 2014. She is also a founder member of the Foundations for Peace (FfP) network – a worldwide network of community...

UN women’s rights resolution passed despite backlash

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women’s rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure. A Norwegian-led coalition, which has prepared the resolution for months, had to delete language that condemned “all forms of violence...

Human rights and foreign policy

By Anuradha M Chenoy Human rights has always been a contested issue in foreign policy matters. Strategic experts advise that human rights should play no role in foreign policy. They believe that states have only interests and power has no ethics. This is patently wrong. Apart from interests, the power of the state has to have norms if it has...

ACHR questions Maldives re-election as UNHCR member

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has questioned Maldives re-election as United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member. In its report titled “Judicial Coup d’etat in Maldives”, the ACHR said Maldives does not have a legitimate government at present, and it being reelected unopposed as a member of the UNHRC is a mockery and sends an absolutely wrong message...

Sexual, Reproductive Rights Urged for All in S Asia

Forty parliamentarians from the nine South Asian countries came together to support the need to highlight sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in a two day consultation organised by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a global service provider and leading advocate of SRHR. The parliamentarians discussed avenues of providing impetus to sensitise the policy makers, religious leaders and the...

A New Identity for SAARC: Establishing a Regional Human Rights Mechanism

Dr. Gyan Basnet With one-fifth of the world’s population, the countries of South Asia face formidable challenges resulting from poverty, underdevelopment, and conflict within and among themselves. Their low levels of production, unemployment, and population pressures are not helped by historic exploitation and other adverse legacies. In an historical, cultural, physical and linguistic sense, South Asia is an integrated region,...