Document - Maldives elections: Spokespeople available on human rights concerns

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL �MEDIA ADVISORYAI index: ASA 29/007/2013

4 September 2013 ��Maldives elections: Spokespeople available on human rights concerns ��On 7 September, Maldives is holding its presidential elections, the first election in the island nation since former President Mohamed Nasheed’s disputed resignation in February 2012. ��Amnesty International is monitoring the human rights situation around the elections closely. Abbas Faiz, Maldives Researcher, is available for interviews from London leading up to election day. ��Possible talking points: ��Human rights challenges facing the new government �Police violence against protesters �Impunity for past violations, particularly in the wake of Nasheed’s resignation �Flogging, torture and other forms of cruel and inhuman punishment �Protection of journalists and human rights defenders ��Background: ��“Maldives: Girl rape victim to be spared outrageous flogging sentence”, Press Release, 21 August 2013 �“Maldives: Amnesty International concludes visit to the Republic of Maldives”, Public Statement, �25 April 2013 �Amnesty International Annual Report 2013: Maldives, 23 May 2013 �“Maldives: Report exposes violent repression of opposition supporters”, Report, 5 September 2012 ��To arrange an interview, please contact: �Olof Blomqvist, Asia / Pacific Press Officer, olof.blomqvist@amnesty.org, + 44 (0) 20 7413 5871, +44 (0) 777 847 2126 ��End/ ��Olof Blomqvist �Press Officer Asia/Pacific �Media Programme, Amnesty International – International Secretariat �Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7413 5871 �Mobile: +44 (0) 790 4397 956 �Out of hours Press Mobile (7pm GMT – 9am GMT and weekends) +44 (0) 777 847 2126 �@olofblomqvist

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