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

President Nasheed’s Transfer to Jail Contradicts Recommendation by Doctors

President Mohamed Nasheed, was transferred home from Maafushi jail for a period of 8 weeks on 24 June following a MRI scan and medical recommendation for him to be placed in a stress free environment. President Nasheed’s unlawful 13 jail sentence was commuted to house arrest by the Government on 19 July. Despite this commutation… Read more

Maldives Regime Illegally Sends President Nasheed Back To Jail Despite Commutation Of His Detention To House Arrest

Male’, Maldives – The regime of President Yameen has taken former president Mohamed Nasheed back to jail despite having formally commuted his detention to house arrest on 19 July. Police officers and officials from the Department of Corrections arrived in force at President Nasheed’s house at approximately 9pm local time to take him back to prison. They forcibly entered… Read more

President Nasheed’s International Legal Team to Visit Maldives

President Nasheed’s international legal team will travel to the Maldives in September, after authorities confirmed in writing the lawyers’ business visas have been granted. President Nasheed’s international legal team comprises of Ben Emmerson (QC) QC, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser. The three lawyers – who represent President Nasheed pro bono – took up the case… Read more