Maldives: Opposition candidates barred from election

Recent articles in Maldives

Security personnel patrol an accommodation block where Bangladeshi migrant workers are being quarantined after Covid-19 cases were found in the area, Malé, Maldives, 9 May 2020, Ahmed Shurau/AFP via Getty Images

Maldives: Pandemic response exposes inequities, abuse

According to Human Rights Watch, authorities in Maldives cracked down on foreign workers protesting wage abuses that escalated during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Maldives government imposes broad restrictions on protests

The Home Affairs Ministry declared that street protests and marches could only be held with prior written approval from the police. In addition, the Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ministry stated that nongovernmental organizations should not support “actions that are detrimental to national security and national interests.”

Human rights group shut down in Maldives for ‘insulting’ religion

A temporary shut down order was issued by the Maldives government against the Maldivian Democracy Network for a 2015 report that allegedly ‘insulted’ religion.