March 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the a trial of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest and sentencing completed after only ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The Criminal Court of Maldives on Friday sentenced former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in prison for terrorism-related charges. The charges relate to actions taken three years ago by the former President which included the arrest and detainment of a top judge. The Maldives judge ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, a three-judge ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the country's human ...[read more]
March 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday dismissed the country's four top election commissioners, giving each a six-month jail sentence and three-year suspension for "disobeying orders." The commission members were tried after the passage of new rules that allowed the Supreme Court to initiate ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday suspended the nation's presidential election for the third time. Former president Mohamed Nasheed received the most votes at the official election Saturday, but Maldives' protocols called for a runoff to be held Sunday. According to media sources, ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Max Slater
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asserted on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of the Maldives has meddled excessively in the nation's presidential elections. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of the Maldives annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and ...[read more]

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