President Nasheed’s Counsel delivers List of Potential Targets for Sanctions to UK Government  

On 26 November, counsel for President Nasheed submitted to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office a list of individuals responsible for serious human rights violations in the Maldives. The submission of the list, which will be kept confidential for the time being, follows a meeting between Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office… Read more

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Unanimously Finds Detention of Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed in Violation of International Law; Urges His Immediate Release 

October 5, 2015, London — Today, the legal team of former President Mohamed Nasheed – Amal Clooney of Doughty Street Chambers, Jared Genser of Freedom Now and Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers – released Opinion No. 33/2015 (The Maldives) of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. In its decision, the Working Group concluded that: “The deprivation of liberty of Mr. Nasheed, being… Read more

Statement by Madam Laila Ali at the Press Conference on UN WGAD Opinion

Today is an extraordinary day – for me, for my husband and for our family. We are extremely grateful to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention for its decision. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our international legal team, and our local lawyers, for all their work on this case.… Read more

The Full Text of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion on President Mohamed Nasheed’s Case

The full text of UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion No. 33/2015 (The Maldives)

Statement Delivered by President Mohamed Nasheed’s Daughter at the UN Human Rights Council

Thank you Mr. President. My name is Meera Nasheed, and I am pleased to speak on behalf of Freedom Now – an NGO that supports and works to free prisoners of conscience around the world – about the report of the working group on the UPR of the Maldives. My father, Mohamed Nasheed, former president… Read more

Daughter of Jailed Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed to Address U.N. Human Rights Council

GENEVA, September 24, 2015 – Freedom Now, a U.S. and U.K.-based NGO that works to free prisoners of conscience, invited Meera Laila Nasheed, age 18, to appear on Thursday September 24th at 5 pm local time before the UN Human Rights Council about her father, Mohamed Nasheed, a prisoner of conscience and the former President… Read more

Lawyers Amal Clooney, Ben Emmerson, and Jared Genser say Maldives Government Should Face Targeted Sanctions

New York, NY, Sept. 24, 2015 — International counsel for former President Nasheed, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, recently returned from a visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. During their trip they met with President Nasheed, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, the Maldives’ Attorney-General, diplomats, members of the media, and civil society. Nasheed’s unjust… Read more

High Court Schedules Abrupt Preliminary Hearing On PG’s Appeal of President Nasheed’s Verdict

The High Court yesterday informed President Nasheed of a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, 9 September at 2pm to determine if it would hear the appeal of President Nasheed’s verdict filed by the Prosecutor General. This hearing has been scheduled abruptly by the High Court despite a request by President Nasheed earlier this week to… Read more

Strongly Condemn Stabbing of President Nasheed’s Legal Team Member Mahfooz Saeed

The Office of President Mohamed Nasheed strongly condemns the violent stabbing of President Nasheed’s legal team member Mahfooz Saeed at approximately 5 pm today near Maaveyo Magu, busy street in Male’. According to eyewitness accounts he was on the back seat of a motorcycle when two unmasked individuals attacked him with a knife, stabbing him… Read more

President Nasheed’s International Lawyers, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, to Visit Maldives Next Week

3 September 2015 Male’: Two members of former President Nasheed’s international legal team, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, will travel to the Maldives next week to visit President Nasheed in Maafushi Jail, where he is currently being held. They also plan to hold meetings in Sri Lanka and India following the visit. Although a member… Read more

The Office of President Nasheed Condemns the Yameen Government’s Vindictive Restrictions on President Nasheed’s Visitation Rights

The Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) has today denied President Nasheed’s parents and siblings permission to see him during weekly family visits. The Office of President Nasheed condemns in the strongest terms this arbitrary and politically motivated decision and calls upon the Government to cease their vindictive intimidation of President Nasheed. This change in visiting rights… Read more

Details of Police Search of President Nasheed’s Private Home

President Nasheed’s private home was searched by the Maldives Police Services under court warrant on 26 August 2015. Below are details of the search A 13 man strong Police team arrived at President Nasheed’s private residence at approximately 9:40pm on 26 August. They presented a warrant issued earlier that afternoon at 4pm by the Criminal… Read more