UK grants asylum to Maldives' ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

UK grants asylum to Maldives' ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

A prominent human rights campaigner and Maldives' first democratically elected president, 49-year-old Nasheed had been allowed to go to Britain in January for the for spinal cord surgery following a deal brokered by Sri Lanka, India and the UK.

US concerned over Maldives' lack of legitimate political space

The US has expressed concern over "narrowing of legitimate political space" in Maldives, saying too many opposition politicians still remain behind bars due to the government's "intolerance" for criticism.

US Senate asks Maldives to rectify 'injustice' to Nasheed

The US Senate has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the Maldives to rectify the "injustice" meted out to its former president Mohamed Nasheed and all other "political prisoners".

Maldives opposition leader jailed for 12 years for role in protests

Maldives opposition leader jailed for 12 years for role in protests

A Maldives court has sentenced an Islamist opposition leader to 12 years in jail, convicting him on terrorism charges related to a speech that protested the imprisonment of the islands` first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed.

Jailed Maldives ex-leader leaves for surgery in Britain

Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed left for Britain Thursday following a stop over in Sri Lanka after the honeymoon islands`government granted him prison leave for urgent surgery.

Jailed Maldives ex-president thanks world leaders for medical release

Jailed Maldives ex-president thanks world leaders for medical release

Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday thanked the world leaders who helped secure his release for urgent surgery in Britain, after being granted temporary leave from his prison cell.

Maldives police break up opposition protest for a 2nd day

The party is demanding the release from jail of former President Mohamed Nasheed, ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim and opposition leader Sheik Imran Abdulla, as well as the end of court actions against 1,700 political activists.

Maldives opposition set to regroup for 2nd night of protests

The Maldives' opposition on Saturday vowed to regroup for a second night of demonstrations hours after police broke up a planned 72-hour protest demanding the release of the country's ex-president and other political leaders.

Maldives arrests two over blast on president's boat

Maldivian authorities arrested two security personnel on Tuesday over an explosion aboard his boat that officials suspect was an assassination attempt, a minister said today.

Maldives boycott threatened after UN Nasheed ruling

Lawyers for former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on on Monday said they would not rule out pushing for a travel boycott to the tropical archipelago after the UN ruled his ongoing detention illegal.

Amal Clooney to visit jailed ex-leader of Maldives

London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will soon visit Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives whose incarceration has sparked widespread international condemnation, his office said today.

UN rights chief urges Maldives to release former president

UN rights chief urges Maldives to release former president

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al-Hussein has called on the government of the Maldives to release former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose re-arrest on Sunday constituted "a serious set-back", a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Maldives ex-president Nasheed back in jail: Party

Maldives ex-president Nasheed back in jail: Party

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday.

Maldives president slams foreign `meddling` in island affairs

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has lashed out at perceived foreign interference in the honeymoon island`s affairs, following Western pressure over the controversial conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed for terrorism.

Ex-Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed`s 13-year term commuted to house arrest

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has had his 13-year prison sentence commuted to a term under house arrest, his international lawyer Jared Genser said Friday.

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.