Maldives

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

A Presidential commission to probe unresolved murders and disappearances including of blogger and activist Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan is still lacking investigative powers. A report released by the Maldives Democracy Network in April 2019 highlighted that despite case of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, the police have failed to address this adequately Read more

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

In November 2018 the Maldives parliament passed a bill to repeal the draconian Anti-Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act . In January 2019, there were threats against Ibrahim Ismail, a college chair and former lawmaker for expressing his religious views. Read more

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

Political change offers opportunity for human rights reforms

The victory of the opposition coalition at the September 2018 elections offers a new opportunity for reforms and improving the civic space for citizens and civil society Read more

Political change offers opportunity for human rights reforms

Ahead of elections, abuse of laws crippling Maldives’ nascent democracy says rights group

Fundamental freedom continues to be restricted in the Maldives and a new human rights report shows the government has moved to expand its use of broad and vaguely worded laws to intimidate, arbitrarily arrest, and imprison its critics ahead of elections scheduled for 23 September 2018. Read more

Ahead of elections, abuse of laws crippling Maldives’ nascent democracy says rights group

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

The Maldives Election commission has barred opposition candidates from contesting and has threatened to dissolved the the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party . On 10th May 2018, two judges, who were facing politically motivated charges of influencing court rulings, were sentenced to one year, seven months in prison. Read more

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

Protesters and journalists arrested and ill-treated under state of emergency

Police arrested protesters and journalists and used excessive force against them at demonstrations on 16th February to demand the arrest of President Yameen and for the release of the opposition leaders Read more

Protesters and journalists arrested and ill-treated under state of emergency

Government declares state of emergency and detains Supreme Court judges

The government declared a state of emergency for 15 days, giving security forces sweeping powers to make arrests, curtail the authority of the judiciary and scrap immunity granted to Supreme Court judges. The authorities have also detained two Supreme Court Judges as well as the former President. Read more

Government declares state of emergency and detains Supreme Court judges

Government curtails freedoms and ignores court order to release its opponents

Maldives was plunged into a political crisis on 1st February 2018 when the Supreme Court overturned the convictions of several opposition leaders. Demonstrations that followed were met with violence and tear gas from the authorities. Read more

Government curtails freedoms and ignores court order to release its opponents

Expression

Free expression is not fully protected in practice in Maldives, with journalists receiving death threats and being harassed without meaningful investigations being carried out.
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Peaceful assembly

Although protests do take place, the freedom of peaceful assembly is significantly compromised in Maldives. Read more