US Senators ask govt to work to restore democracy in Maldives

 Two top American Senators have asked the Obama Administration to work with India and other countries to restore democracy in Maldives and release of political prisoners including Former President Mohamed Nasheed.

Maldives minister says jailed ex-president can appeal, won't get pardon

The Maldives would welcome an appeal by its jailed former president against his 13-year sentence, but he was found guilty of terrorism and cannot expect to be pardoned, Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon told Reuters on Wednesday.

Maldives tells UN it has made progress to promote human rights

 Amid questions raised over Maldives' religious stance and the controversial trial of former President Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldivian Foreign Minister on Wednesday told the UNHRC that her country has made progress in domestic reforms to promote human rights.

Maldives detains 175 supporters of ex-president Nasheed

Maldives authorities have detained 175 supporters of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed for two weeks, according to court documents Sunday, after the US warned that democracy was in danger on the honeymoon islands.

Maldives police arrest nearly 200 protesters, opposition leaders

Maldives police arrested 193 people including three opposition leaders after clashes broke out on Friday during protests over the jailing of former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose trial was condemned by foreign governments as having been deeply flawed.

John Kerry says Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that democracy was in danger in the Maldives as police made nearly 200 arrests at a protest over the jailing of the paradise islands' ex-president.

Mass arrests at Maldives demo over ex-leader`s jailing

 Police in the Maldives said Saturday they had made nearly 200 arrests during clashes at a protest over the jailing of former president Mohamed Nasheed, after the UN`s top rights body denounced his trial as unfair.

Mass arrests in Maldives after `free-Nasheed` protests

 Maldivian authorities have carried out mass arrests, including of opposition politicians, following a large anti-government protest demanding the release of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed, officials and activists said Saturday.

Maldives police arrests opposition leader after clashes

Maldives police have arrested an opposition leader and 192 others after clashes erupted between police and protesters demanding the resignation of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of a jailed ex-president.

UN slams Maldives over jailing ex-leader, fresh protests

The United Nations on Friday criticised the Maldives for jailing its former president after a "vastly unfair trail" as police in the honeymoon destination's capital teargassed protesters demanding his release.

UN urges action from Maldives over trial of ex-president

A senior UN human rights official said on Friday she had visited jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed for two hours in detention and urged the government to take action on his flawed trial.

Got no request from ex-Maldives prez for asylum in India: Govt

The government on Thursday said it had not received any request for asylum from former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed before his arrest in February.

Attacks, intimidation on rise in Maldives: Amnesty

 Protesters are being frequently beaten up while the media faces a growing number of death threats in the Maldives, Amnesty International said Thursday, after a fact-finding mission to the honeymoon islands.

Former Maldivian defence minister jailed for 10 years

 A former Maldivian defence minister has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior judge, the same case in which ex-president Mohamed Nasheed has also been jailed under an anti-terrorism law.

Jailed Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed gets foreign legal backing

Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday announced a high-profile international legal team, including prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney, to prepare a fresh attempt to secure his release.

Maldives jails ex-defence minister for 11 years

The Maldives` former defence minister has been found guilty of attempting a coup and jailed for 11 years, his family and officials said, weeks after the conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed sparked international concern.

Jailed Maldives ex-leader says his appeal being scuttled

Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday accused authorities of scuttling his appeal against his controversial conviction and jailing for 13 years under tough anti-terror laws.

Maldives ex-president Nasheed's trial was flawed: UN rights chief

The jailing of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed for 13 years last week followed a trial marked by "flagrant irregularities," the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said on Wednesday.

Maldives seeks support of Sri Lanka, India

The Maldives on Monday sought the support of Sri Lanka and India as the country faced international criticism over the imprisonment of former president Mohamed Nasheed.

Maldives court throws out Nasheed's appeal; MDP vows protests

 The Maldives High Court on Sunday dismissed former president Mohamed Nasheed`s appeal against his February 22 arrest order even as the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) declared it will launch a nationwide civil disobedience campaign to secure his freedom.