Maldives in the News


Saving the Maldives’ Drowning Democracy

These beautiful islands are once again ruled by a thugocracy, and the life of the deposed, democratically elected president is in danger. Earlier this month, on Friday the 13th, a former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after a charade of a trial that produced a guilty verdict on “terrorism” charges. Read...

Jailed Maldives ex-leader says his appeal being scuttled

“The criminal court has tried to block the appeal at every step of the way,” his spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor told AFP in Colombo. “It is not that he does not want to appeal, but he is not being allowed to file his papers.” Read...

Daughters appeal for justice in Nazim trial

Former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim’s daughters appealed for international community to open dialog with Maldivian government to ensure a fair trial for their father who has weapons charges pressed against him. Read...

Maumoon ‘begged’ to free Nazim: Imran

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom ‘begged’ President Abdulla Yameen to free former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim – charged with importing and harbouring war weaponry, said Adhaalath Party leader Imran Abdulla on Tuesday night. Read...

Maldivian democracy is dead – with the jailing of former president Mohamed Nasheed

On Friday night the final nails were hammered into the coffin of democracy in the Maldives. Mohamed Nasheed, the man who led the struggle for democracy in this archipelago for almost two decades before becoming its first democratically elected president in 2008, is back in prison – where he has already spent many years – jailed for 13 years on his 21st wedding anniversary. Read...
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