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A Cowardly Attack

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on December 10, 2015 0 Comments
A Cowardly Attack

In December 2011, a small group of Maldivians gathered at the Artificial Beach, in silent protest against the denial of Human Rights in the Maldives.  They were physically attacked almost immediately. One of the protesters, blogger Hilath Rasheed, sustained injuries. It is now exactly four years since that day. Hilath Rasheed suffered a near fatal attempt on his […]

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Maldives in South Asia: Let’s talk about Saudis

Filed in Other Voices by on December 5, 2015 0 Comments
Maldives in South Asia: Let’s talk about Saudis

Azra Naseem has a great essay on the Saudi funded upheaval of Maldivian society in which she also recounts a startling encounter with the Dean of Maldives National University. Below is an excerpt. Read the full essay at on DhivehiSitee. _ I showed pictures of Aminiya students in the 1980s, and at present, pictures I took in […]

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5 sociological concepts that every Maldivian should know

Filed in Other Voices by on October 6, 2015 0 Comments
5 sociological concepts that every Maldivian should know

By Hani Amir The legacy of Maumoon’s dictatorship is clear in the insistence by most Maldivians that the Maldives is “100% Muslim”. This is maintained by the Maldivian constitution (the structure) and how it restricts the freedom of consciousness (in other words the agency) of Maldivians by stating that all citizens are required to be Muslims . […]

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A Brush with the Establishment

Filed in Features & Analysis by on September 25, 2015 0 Comments
A Brush with the Establishment

Last week, I took part in a panel discussion about the intimidation of bloggers in South Asia on the sidelines of the 30th UNHRC regular session in Geneva. I spoke about the enforced disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan and the #FindMoyameehaa campaign. I highlighted rapidly deteriorating space for free speech in the Maldives that has […]

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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 3 – Heat and Captivity

Filed in Features & Analysis by on August 22, 2015 1 Comment
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 3 – Heat and Captivity

This is the third instalment in the Dhoonidhoo Diaries series where I pen down my experiences in Dhoonidhoo prison where I was incarcerated following an unprecedented regime crackdown on the May Day rally. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Nearly 200 democratic protesters were arrested on 1st May 2015 by the Maldives’ authoritarian […]

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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 2 – Prison Cell

Filed in Features & Analysis by on July 18, 2015 5 Comments
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 2 – Prison Cell

1st May 2015 saw the largest anti-government protests in Maldivian history, with nearly 20,000 protesters filling the main thoroughfare in Malé. I was among the nearly 200 democratic protesters arrested that day, in the largest police crackdown in over a decade. I was released after being held for 21 days without trial. But several May […]

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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 1 – Arrest and Incarceration

Filed in Features & Analysis by on June 29, 2015 4 Comments
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 1 – Arrest and Incarceration

1st May 2015 saw the largest anti-government protests in Maldivian history, with nearly 20,000 protesters filling the main thoroughfare in Malé. It also saw the largest police crackdown in over a decade, with nearly 200 democratic protesters arrested. I was among those arrested, and was held captive for 21 days, including 5 days of house […]

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Umar Naseer: A study in Incompetence

Filed in Features & Analysis by on March 30, 2015 0 Comments
Umar Naseer: A study in Incompetence

Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer is confident that he can win at the Olympic 100m hurdles. He just needs some slight change of rules – firstly, to remove those annoying barriers that get in the way. Having to jump over these numerous obstacles were clearly undermining his goal of completing the race, he noticed. He […]

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Blood lust in Malé

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on March 30, 2015 0 Comments
Blood lust in Malé

The streets of Malé have seen a lot of spilled blood and brain matter in recent weeks – as Maldives spirals downwards rapidly, with an anti-democratic regime at the helm. MvMurders.com is an initiative to document and track violent murders in the Maldives Azra Naseem writes on the subject: “In the early hours of this […]

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The Rilwan Story

Filed in Features & Analysis by on February 9, 2015 13 Comments
The Rilwan Story

I remember the exact moment when I first saw Ahmed Rilwan. It was late 2009, and I had just arrived in the Maldives. Some bloggers had gotten together to sort of welcome me and get introduced. We were sitting in a sea-side café at night, when he walked in with two other well known bloggers. We hit […]

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