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Maldives: Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb denied medical care in prison

Amnesty International urges the Maldives authorities to immediately grant the imprisoned former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb permission to travel abroad to seek the medical care that he urgently needs. According the Ahmed Adeeb’s legal team, authorities have since 2016 ignored repeated requests for specialised medical treatment that is only available outside Maldives, even as his health has deteriorated.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/6518/2017
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Maldives: Killing of popular blogger an attack on freedom of expression

Maldives authorities must immediately investigate the brutal killing of an online activist today and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said. Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old popular blogger and social media personality, was found stabbed to death inside his apartment building in the capital Malé this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Yameen Rasheed had received multiple death threats prior to his murder, which he had reported to the police.

Date:
23 April 2017
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  • Maldives
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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: 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
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  • 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
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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: 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