Stories about Maldives
The Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the immediate release of high-profile opposition leaders and ordered their retrials. This government has postponed the opening of this year's parliament session indefinitely.
The country is tilting toward authoritarianism as growing accusations mount against President Yameen for silencing dissent and imprisoning political opponents including former President Nasheed, under allegedly made up charges.
Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.
“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.
Raudha Athif, the 20-year-old aqua-blue-eyed Maldivian model, was found hanging inside her dormitory room in north Bangladesh on Wednesday. On social media, Maldivians are mourning the loss of this woman.
"Maldivians, today, are suffering the consequences of allowing political elites make decisions on our behalf without any accountability..."
"Don't we as...citizens get a say in whether or not we want to be a part of the commonwealth? Or is Maldives just a one man country now".
President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.
"Under the plan for reform, Yameen is making criticism a crime..."
Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.
"Foreign observers should know about #Maldives: 1) There were never any IEDs. It's a #ManufacturedCrisis 2) There was never a democracy"
Overturning Lower Court, Maldives Supreme Court Saves Convicted Adulteress From Being Stoned to Death
The Maldives' Supreme Court has acted swiftly to overturn an island court's decision to execute a woman for adultery. The woman had been sentenced to be stoned to death.
"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."
The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.
Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.
The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.
The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.