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Posts From Zaheena Rasheed

Death penalty violent and ineffective form of punishment, says UK

British minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told the House of Lords the government had engaged the Maldives at the highest levels over the death penalty.

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Government’s new spin doctor McCue slammed

The celebrated human rights lawyer’s alliance with the Maldivian president has thrust him into the social media spotlight and made him the focus of fevered exchanges in opposition chat groups.

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Government house calls for Maldivians insulting Islam on social media

The ‘house call’ initiative comes amid the ongoing trial of seven people charged with murdering liberal blogger and Internet activist Yameen Rasheed, whose death was justified and even welcomed on social media by those who saw him as an apostate.

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US, UK condemn Nazim’s 1000-day detention

Maldives former defence minister was found guilty of weapons smuggling in 2015 and sentenced to 11 years in prison, but a UN rights panel found he was not afforded a fair trial.

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NGOs slam ‘careless sacrifice’ of Kulhudhuffushi mangroves

Developing an airport on Kulhudhuffushi, the main population hub in the northern atolls, was a campaign pledge the president made in 2013. But a contractor has yet to be appointed to build it.

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Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media

Transparency Maldives has condemned the government for proposing a bill that would merge two existing media watchdogs and “expand its sphere of state control on print and social media as well”.

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Buyout firm Bain in Maldives seaplane operator bid: report

TMA calls itself the world’s largest seaplane operator, saying it flew close to a million passengers around the Indian Ocean archipelago last year on more than 120,000 flights.

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Teachers ‘must’ monitor students in anti-extremism fight

Teachers in the Maldives must be educated on how to monitor students for extremist ideologies, according to the first strategy document from the National Counter Terror Centre.

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Maldives legal teams ‘decimated’ after mass lawyer suspension, says UN expert

“This alarming mass suspension clearly did not abide by international standards regulating disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and protecting their independence, and I strongly condemn it,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

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Maldives hits out at ‘baseless’ European Parliament allegations

The Maldives has lashed out at the European Parliament after it called for individual targeted sanctions over “the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the Maldives and the increasingly authoritarian rule of President Abdulla Yameen”.

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Maldives ministry stats show rising child sexual abuse

The gender ministry’s monthly statistics of reported cases have shown a drop from 260 cases in July to 246 in August, despite a rise in cases of child sexual abuse.

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Maldives blogger killed for ‘mocking Islam’, say police

A Maldives blogger who was murdered in April was killed by men who believed he was “mocking” Islam, the police have said. The suspects believed Yameen Rasheed, 29 years, was

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Tariq Ramadan renews appeal to stop executions

The renowned Islamic scholar urged President Abdulla Yameen to reconsider moving ahead with the first execution in the Maldives in more than 60 years.

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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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