02/07/2018

Urgent Action: Arbitrary Arrests Following State of Emergency (Maldives: UA 24.18)


Five people have been arrested since the Government of Maldives declared a State of Emergency on 5 February 2018, following a recent Supreme Court decision to release and re-try imprisoned opposition leaders. This appears to be an act of repression by the government to silence political opposition.

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Five people have been arrested since the Government of Maldives declared a State of Emergency on 5 February 2018, following a recent Supreme Court decision to release and re-try imprisoned opposition leaders. This appears to be an act of repression by the government to silence political opposition.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Order the immediate release of the five people who have been arbitrarily arrested unless they are to be charged with a recognizable criminal offence, in line with international law and standards;
  • Uphold the Supreme Court decision to release and re-try members of the political opposition;
  • Ensure that activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and members of the political opposition are able to peacefully exercise their human rights without fear of punishment, reprisal or intimidation.

Contact these two officials by 21 March, 2018:

Major General Ahmed Shiyam
Chief of Defence Force
Maldives National Defence Force
Ameeruahumadhu magu, Malé
Republic of Maldives
Fax: +960 3325525
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @MVDefence
Salutation: Dear Major General

Maldives does not currently have an embassy to the US,
please direct all correspondence to:
H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Mission of the
Republic of Maldives to the United Nations

800 Second Avenue, Suite 400E, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 599 6195 I Fax: 212 661 6405
Contact form: https://goo.gl/CmoXJM
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 24.18
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