Maldives

Authorities arresting protesters and failing to address reprisals against activists in the Maldives

In the last few months there have been arrests and restrictions around the “India Out’ protests and there is a proposal to ban protests affecting diplomatic relations. A UN committee has called on the state to prevent reprisals against women activists and investigate, prosecute and adequately punish all threats and harassment against them. A new report highlights gaps in ensuring media freedom. Read more

Authorities arresting protesters and failing to address reprisals against activists in the Maldives

Restrictions and attacks on journalists, protesters; reprisals against activists in the Maldives

In recent months, civil society has raised concerns about a new bill that threatens to force journalists to reveal sources. There have been reports of excessive force by the police against protesters and journalists with impunity. There has still been no justice for families of human rights defenders Yameen Rasheed and Ahmed Rilwan. In September 2021, the UN published a report on reprisals against civil society which included cases in the Maldives. Read more

Restrictions and attacks on journalists, protesters; reprisals against activists in the Maldives

Concerns about crackdown on protests, press freedom and lack of accountability in the Maldives

Over the last few months, a crackdown on protests has been documented, at times under the pretence of curbing the pandemic, with cases of arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force. There has been a lack of progress in bringing the perpetrators of the killing of blogger Yameen Rasheed and the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan to justice. A leading human rights group is challenging its arbitrary de-registration and has raised concerns about the Maldives President influencing the ongoing judicial process. Despite progress, there continue to be concerns about press freedom. Read more

Concerns about crackdown on protests, press freedom and lack of accountability in the Maldives

Despite UN review, Maldives authorities crack down on protests and target the media

In the last few months, we have seen a crackdown on opposition protests by the authorities and the failure to amend the regressive Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act to bring it in line with international human rights law and standards. Further, media workers have been targeted. There has also been a failure to review the arbitrary dissolution of human rights organisation the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) and the seizure of their funds as recommended during the UPR review Read more

Despite UN review, Maldives authorities crack down on protests and target the media

UN call on Maldives to protect human rights defenders and NGOs from interference and reprisals

The Maldives human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council on 4th November 2020. States called on the government to ensure human rights defenders and non-governmental organisations are able to operate without undue interference and fear of reprisals . In recent months, the authorities had removed some restrictive amendments to the protest law in the Maldives, but migrant workers were detained for holding protests while opposition members were questioned. A foreign investigator has been brought in to to assist in the investigation of missing journalist Rilwan Ahmed and the Maldives Journalist Association has been revived. Read more

UN call on Maldives to protect human rights defenders and NGOs from interference and reprisals

Civil society group’s funds seized in the Maldives while women’s rights organisation smeared online

In the last few months the authorities have seized funds from a leading human rights organisation which the government dissolved in late 2019. A women’s rights group has faced a smear campaign online for its reporting. Protesters were dispersed for holding a protest outside parliament, while an individual was terminated for ‘defaming’ the President and parliamentary speaker. Read more

Civil society group’s funds seized in the Maldives while women’s rights organisation smeared online

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

In recent months, prominent human rights organisation Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) was shut down by the authorities over a report issued in 2016 perceived as contrary to the tenets of Islam. Concerns about this were raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in her report in February 2020 which was presented on . The government has yet to resolve the cases of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed and journalist Ahmed Rilwan who was abducted and is believed to have been killed. No progress has been reported on proposed amendments to repeal restrictive provisions of the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act, currently before the parliament. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

In recent months, a presidential commission revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had been murdered, while an international NGO has raised concerns about ongoing threats on human rights defenders. The trial of murdered HRD is currently ongoing and the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights raised concerns about threats to those challenging fundamentalism. Read more

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

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