President Mohamed Nasheed was unlawfully sentenced to 13 years in jail by the Maldives Criminal Court on charges of 'terrorism'.

In a blatantly politicised trial, which lasted less than three weeks and been widely condemned in the Maldives and abroad, President Nasheed was repeatedly denied legal representation, denied the right to appeal, his defence witnesses were prevented from taking the stand, and prosecution witnesses were routinely coached by the judges and the police.


Government grants permission to jailed Former President Nasheed to travel abroad for medical treatment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rep. of Maldives
Freedom Now Publishes Report on The Maldives Urging US to Impose Targeted Financial Sanctions & Travel Bans on Serious Human Rights Abusers
Freedom Now
European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Maldives
European Parliament
Statement by Madam Laila Ali at the Press Conference on UN WGAD Opinion
Office of Former President Mohamed Nasheed
Maldives: Investigate life-threatening stabbing of ex-President’s lawyer
Amnesty International
Press briefing note on Maldives.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Arrest of President Nasheed is Arbitrary and Illegal
Maldivian Democratic Party
Government Must Deliver On Its Side of Talks Bargain
Maldivian Democratic Party
Consultative Talks to Resolve Political Tension and Strengthen the Maldives Democratic System
Maldivian Democratic Party
Maldives: UN experts urge Supreme Court to reconsider decision against Maldivian Human Rights Commission
United Nations Human Rights
Maldives: Restore independence and remedy reprisal against National Human Rights Commission
International Service for Human Rights
Maldives Opp. “Disgusted” Over Cherie Blair’s Work for Yameen Dictatorship
Canada Supports Calls for Democratic Freedoms in Maldives
Maldives: The case for a resolution at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council
President Yameen Strengthens His Grip Over Maldives’ Judiciary
Condemn the Government’s delay and denial of appropriate medical attention for President Nasheed.
Maldivian Democratic Party
Trial Observation Report on the prosecution of Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Republic of the Maldives
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
Government Crackdown on Peaceful Political Activity on the Rise After May Day protest
Maldivian Democratic Party
CHRI Concerned over Allegations of Police Violence & Arbitrary Action in Male’ City, Maldives
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Maldives Foreign Minister Misleads UN Human Rights Council
Office of President Mohamed Nasheed
Canada Condemns Crackdown on Recent Protests in Maldives
Kerry warns Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests
Maldives: Human rights in free fall as authorities step up crackdown
Amnesty International
Underwater Protest for Maldives’ President Nasheed
Press Release Re: The trials of Former President Mohamed Nasheed and Former Defence Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim.
Maldivian Democracy Network
Concerns on Recent Developments in Maldives
US Department of State
Maldives: grossly unfair Nasheed conviction highlights judicial politicization
International Commission of Jurists
Maldives: “No democracy is possible without fair and independent justice,” UN rights expert
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers
Conduct of trial of Maldives’ ex-President raises serious concerns – Zeid
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Minister expresses concern about sentencing of former Maldives President Nasheed
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Statement on the Trial of Former President Nasheed in Maldives
US Department of State

Arbitrary Arrests and Intimidation

UPDATE 19 October 2015 :

The Maldivian Democracy Network has alerted UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders regarding appalling human rights situation in the country.

This communication includes criticism of legislative measures that stymie work of human rights defenders, as well as highlighting threats to individual human rights defenders such as journalists, lawyers, politicians and Human Rights… [read more]


Press Conference with President Nasheed of the Maldives & his Lawyers Jared Genser, Amal Clooney and Ben Emmerson

London, January 21, 2016 – In his first public comments since leaving jail in the Maldives, former President Mohamed Nasheed will brief journalists at a news conference flanked by his international legal counsel, Jared Genser of Freedom Now, Amal Clooney of Doughty St Chambers and Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers.

Speakers: President Mohamed Nasheed; Jared Genser of Freedom Now, Amal Clooney of Doughty Street Chambers and Ben Emmerson of Matrix Chambers, counsel to President Nasheed.

Date and Time: Monday 25th January, 13.00-14.30

Venue: 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

To reserve your place please RSVP to london@jmpverdant.com

Mass Protest #MINJUVAAN on 27 November 2015

LIVE BLOG via Maldives Independent

A protest on November 27 urging the release of political prisoners will last for three days and 13 minutes, the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has announced.

Supporters have been asked to gather at the Artificial Beach at 4:30pm on Friday. The MDP said it will organize water and food and make arrangements for supporters to perform prayers, including water for ablutions.

The protest, titled Emancipation, is aimed at pressuring President Abdulla Yameen to release political prisoners including former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim.

Live TV footage via Raajje TV

MDP resumes anti-government campaign with protest march
Maldives Independent

Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the street on Friday afternoon as the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) resumed anti-government protests after a three-month hiatus.

The main opposition party halted street protests in mid-June amid negotiations with the government to secure the release of former President Mohamed Nasheed and other jailed politicians. The MDP withdrew from the talks in late August following Nasheed’s transfer back to Maafushi prison after two months under house arrest.

Protesters today called for the release of Nasheed, Adhaalath Party president Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and former defence minister Mohamed Nazim. Protesters also called on the police to arrest the perpetrators of a life-threatening attack against a member of Nasheed’s legal team, Mahfooz Saeed, last Friday.

via Maldives Independent


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