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Maldives: Activist jailed for criticism of development project: Thayyib Shaheem

Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was arrested on 16 March, and has since been detained in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He is accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives. He faces up to a year and three months in jail if convicted. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5989/2017
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  • Maldives
  • Press Freedom

Maldives: Alarming crackdown on protests and media ahead of Saudi Arabian King’s visit

The Maldives authorities have launched a troubling crackdown on peaceful protests and media workers ahead of a visit by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, which was meant to take place this week. Although the King’s visit has been postponed indefinitely, Amnesty International urges the Maldives government to respect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to not suppress public debate about any development plans in the country.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5925/2017
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It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
  • News
  • Maldives
  • International Organizations

Maldives: Stop blaming others for rights record

Responding to the announcement that the Maldives government has decided to “leave” the Commonwealth because of criticism of its human rights record, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: “The Maldives authorities should address their own human rights situation rather than lash out at legitimate criticism. “Human rights have been in a complete freefall in the country over the past few years.

Date:
13 October 2016
  • Research
  • Maldives
  • Death Penalty

Maldives: Open letter on the UN Human Rights Committee's request to halt Humaam's execution

Amnesty International is writing to express its concern about recent statements made by Maldives newly appointed Foreign Minister, Mohamed Asim, on the UN Human Rights Committee’s request to halt the execution of Hussain Humaam Ahmed (Humaam). The organization urges you to immediately halt plans to carry out the execution of Humaam or any other prisoner and establish a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty with a view to its abolition.

Date:
27 July 2016
Ref:
ASA 29/4551/2016
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  • Maldives
  • Death Penalty

Maldives: Resumption of executions after six decades would be a major setback for human rights

Among fears of an imminent execution, in this joint statement 25 organizations and networks from all regions of the world are urging the Maldivian authorities to establish an immediate moratorium on all executions as a first step towards full abolition of the death penalty. The Maldives should maintain its commendable six-decade-long track record of not carrying out any executions.

Date:
17 July 2016
Ref:
ASA 29/4461/2016
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  • Maldives
  • Detention

Maldives: Fair trial concerns around conviction of former Vice President

On 10 June 2016, former Maldives Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb received a 15-year jail sentence amid serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, Amnesty International said. His conviction fits a disturbing pattern in Maldives where the authorities have turned the courts into politicized tools which see frequent serious violations of the right to a fair trial.

Date:
13 June 2016
Ref:
ASA 29/4254/2016
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  • Maldives
  • Press Freedom

Maldives: Arrest of 16 journalists in the Maldives threatens freedom of the press

Amnesty International calls on the Maldives authorities to ensure that independent media can operate without unlawful restrictions on their work and that the right to peaceful protest is respected. The arrest of 16 journalists peacefully protesting outside the President’s office in Male on the 3rd April 2016 is a dangerous assault on freedom of expression and the media.

Date:
4 April 2016
Ref:
ASA 29/3773/2016
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  • Demonstrations

Maldives: State of emergency an alarming development in continuing crackdown on human rights

President Abdulla Yameen’s declaration of a 30 day state of emergency in the Maldives ahead of planned anti-government protests raises the prospect of further attacks on dissent and human rights in the country, said Amnesty International today. “The declaration of a state of emergency must not be a precursor to a further crackdown on dissent or other human rights violations. The government should not use this state of emergency to silence free speech or infringe on other human rights,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Maldives Researcher.

Date:
4 November 2015
  • Research
  • Maldives
  • Unfair Trials

Amnesty International urges Maldives to respect the right to freedom of assembly and ensure that trials are carried out in line with international human rights law

Amnesty International welcomes the acceptance by the Maldives of a number of key recommendations, including to harmonize national legislation with international obligations; to strengthen human rights institutions and ensure their independence, including the Human Rights Commission, the Election Commission and the Office of the Auditor General; and to guarantee the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

Date:
24 September 2015
Ref:
ASA 39/2525/2015
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  • Maldives
  • Unfair Trials

Maldives: Assault on Civil and Political Rights

At the conclusion of a visit to the Republic of Maldives, Amnesty International believes human rights in the country have already been seriously eroded and are at risk of further deterioration. The following briefing is based on the findings of this visit, which was prompted by reports of blatant breaches of the right to a fair trial for some leading opponents of the government. Political tension in the country has been exacerbated by the harassment, detention and imprisonment of government opponents.

Date:
23 April 2015
Ref:
ASA 29/1501/2015
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Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 22nd round of the Universal Periodic Review, 4-15 May 2015

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for the 14 states - Andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Panama, and USA - that are coming up for review in the UPR Working Group session on 4-15 May 2015 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
17 April 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/1440/2015