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Posts From Zaheena Rasheed

Abusive judicial discretion in the Maldives

The Maldivian judiciary has restricted the media’s right to report court proceedings, undermined the autonomy of independent bodies, and arbitrarily disbarred lawyers, writes Shamsul Falaah.

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A tribute to Yameen Rasheed – and a call for justice and accountability

Police Chief Ahmed Areef must accept an independent international investigation or resign as he is ultimately responsible for the failure to protect Yameen despite numerous death threats, writes Jared Genser.

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‘Next is you’: More death threats follow blogger’s murder

Prominent clerics accused of justifying the killing of ‘apostates’ as death threats mount in the wake of blogger Yameen Rasheed’s murder.

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Vox pop: Voting day

As polls opened Saturday morning for the long-delayed local council elections, the Maldives Independent spoke to voters in the capital about their voting experience.

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Remembering Yameen: part two

Part two of an interview with murdered blogger Yamin Rasheed’s mother Mariyam Shafeega and sister Yumna Rasheed.

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Remembering Yameen

The Maldives Independent sat down with murdered blogger Yamin Rasheed’s mother Mariyam Shafeega and sister Yumna Rasheed as they mourned and remembered the young man who inspired many with his writing, empathy and activism.

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Police release photos of Yameen murder suspects

The Maldives police have released photos of two men they suspect to be involved in the brutal murder of outspoken blogger Yameen Rasheed, but did not name them.

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Maldives Independent wins free speech award

The Maldives Independent and its former editor Zaheena Rasheed have been named the winners of Index on Censorship’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Journalism Award.

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Depression: Let’s Talk

For societies in which depression remains taboo, or is poorly understood, discussing it can mean examining deep and enduring social norms, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia.

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Gayoom staffer on trial for contempt

Abdul Aleem is accused of contravening the civil court ruling that put Yameen in control of the PPM, by setting up a rival secretariat and expelling lawmakers loyal to the president.

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Gender equality, a game changer for nature

Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, writes about the importance of gender equality in effective natural resource management.

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With Yameen’s re-election bid in full swing, PPM appears stronger than ever

Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.

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Maldives rejects UN decision on detained ex defence minister

The foreign ministry said it “does not agree” with the UN’s finding that Mohamed Nazim was detained illegally.

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Nasheed arrives in Colombo as stalemate drags on in Maldives

The former president “will discuss the difficulties and concerns of party members and supporters and will also meet with different branches of the party,” an MDP official said.

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Gayoom questioned over missing hard drive

In a Twitter post, the former president said police officers “visited me in my office today and asked me if I knew anything about the missing PPM hard disk… I told them I know nothing”.

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Local council elections date set for April 8

Local council elections will be held on April 8, the elections commission has announced. It also set a new deadline for candidacy papers allowing President Abdulla Yameen’s party to field candidates.

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Money laundering checks are a burden on small countries, says Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen has described international money-laundering checks as “red tape” that inflicts disproportionate burdens on small economies.

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