Letter: The Maldives' fragile democracy is under threat once more
By The Guardian
1 October 2012
The outlook for democracy in the Maldives is deteriorating. Last week, former president Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, was put under "island arrest" and banned from leaving the capital Male (Report, 27 September). This limits not only his freedom of movement but also his ability to mount an effective democracy campaign across his own country. (read more)
Maldives: Report exposes violent repression of opposition supporters
By Amnesty International
5 September 2012
Maldivian security forces have continued to commit serious human rights violations since the transfer of presidential power in the Indian Ocean chain of islands on 7 February this year, Amnesty International said in a new report today.
In stark contrast to the Maldives’ reputation as a tourist’s paradise, the report documents targeted attacks on opposition supporters as well as bystanders at demonstrations.
“Police have carried out beatings, arbitrary detentions, attacks on the injured in hospitals and torture, yet not a single criminal case has been filed against those responsible,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Maldives researcher. (read more)