Why are the Maldives radicalizing

NGO closed

As one of the best-known NGOs in the Maldives, MDN has so far played an important role in promoting human rights in the country. The NGO carried out invaluable research on, for example, police reforms, threats against human rights defenders, restrictions on freedom of expression, attacks against lawyers, torture, enforced disappearances and other human rights issues. The government that MDN is currently intimidating consists of ex-prisoners of conscience whom MDN has worked tirelessly to get their release.

Human rights defenders and activists around the world were optimistic about the future of civil society in the country after the formation of the current government in November 2018, as the government had promised to put an end to the repressive practices of the previous governments. But the decision to shut down MDN and allow religious hardliners to threaten human rights defenders and activists with violence, rape and death is a chilling signal for civil society as well as for outside observers and many travelers who want to visit the country . These activities violate several international human rights norms to which the Maldives is a party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Maldivian government must meet its obligations under international human rights law and ensure that human rights defenders, activists and civil society organizations can carry out their activities without threats of violence, prosecution and repression.