Category: Maldives

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European Union Pushes for Travel Advisory on Maldives

In the Maldives, power politics and problems have found paradise. May began with the European Parliament asking all of its members to issue travel warnings on the Maldives regarding the violation of human rights in the island nation. In 2012, the military overthrew the country’s first democratically elected government led by former President Mohamed Nasheed. In April, Nasheed and his...

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MALDIVES: Maldives ex-leader Nasheed arrested on terror charges

Published in The BBC News on Feb. 22 :: Police in the Maldives have arrested opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges. They relate to his order to detain a judge while in office in January 2012. The case against him was dropped last week, but the allegations have been reintroduced under anti-terror laws that punish acts against...

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MALDIVES: Nasheed held in Male under anti-terror law

Published in The Hindu on Feb. 23 :: Mr. Nasheed was arrested to stand trial for his 2012 order as President to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Just days after he appealed to India to intervene in the ongoing crackdown on cases of alleged treason and terrorism by the Maldives government of President Yameen, former President Mohammad Nasheed was...

NEPAL: How a Legal Identity Leads to a Better Life

Published in The Open Society Foundations website on Jan. 22 :: Too many people around the world are prevented from accessing legal and social protections because they lack a secure legal identity. From Kenya and the Dominican Republic to Macedonia and Nepal, insecure legal identity predicts and sustains social, economic, and political exclusion. Without the primary documentation needed for legal...

MALDIVES: UN expert concerned at ‘unacceptable’ dismissal of Supreme Court justices

Published in The India Blooms on Dec. 23 :: The removal of two Supreme Court justices in the Maldives by local authorities threatens the independence of the country’s judiciary and further compromises the rule of law, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has warned. “This decision seriously undermines the independence of the judiciary in...

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...