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HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES. Autocrats can make opposition to their rule difficult for their citizens, so it is important for citizens of democracies to work for a return to genuine democracy where autocracy has prevailed. We are currently working to help democracy advocates in the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, to overturn the unjust conviction its former president, Mohamed Nasheed, a charismatic champion of both democracy and of a sustainable climate. He was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives.
As Bill McKibben wrote:
Nasheed was the star – almost the only star – of the disastrous Copenhagen climate conference six years ago… He was the first head of state to arrive, and he went straight from the airport to a packed meeting hall where he led a giant crowd in chant after chant…Nasheed, had taught his entire cabinet to scuba dive, so they could hold a formal meeting underwater against the backdrop of a dying coral reef, there to pass a resolution for the UN demanding action to return the planet to an atmosphere of 350 parts per million CO2. He climbed up on the roof of his own presidential house with his own presidential hammer to install solar panels. He pledged that his archipelago nation would become the first on earth to go carbon neutral…And all around the world people responded…The satraps of the old dictator never gave up, and eventually they pushed him aside in a military coup…Amnesty International and the great human rights lawyer Amal Clooney are doing their best – but they’re up against thugs, pure and simple. [The Guardian, 30 Nov. 2015]
URGENT REQUEST. Please write to or phone one of your U.S. senators or your U.S. representative now (all 3 if you have time) and ask them to protest the latest attempt by the government of the Maldives to persecute its former president, Mohamed Nasheed (See press release below). Use your own words or the following script:
Senator/Representative _______________, the legal team at Freedom Now for former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, is calling attention to the unacceptable persecution of him by the Prosecutor General of the Maldives. The Prosecutor has launched new politically motivated charges against Nasheed to prevent him from participating in the 2018 presidential election in the Maldives. Nasheed is a champion of climate action and was the first democratically elected president of that island nation, which is threatened by sea level rise. Please protest this injustice to the ambassador of the Maldives to the United States, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer. He may be reached at
Embassy of the Republic of Maldives, 800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400E
New York, NY 10017,(212) 599 6194 Fax: (212) 661 6405
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Nasheed’s legal team at Freedom Now (www.freedom-now.org) issued the following press release on 30 March 2017, which explains the background for our request to U.S. senators and representatives:
Legal Team Expresses Concern Over New Politically-Motivated Charges Against Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed by Government of the Maldives
Malé and Washington – Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s legal team condemns the Prosecutor General of the Maldives’ announcement yesterday that new charges have been filed against President Nasheed. These politically-motivated charges are the most recent development in the Government’s targeted persecution of President Nasheed, and are a blatant attempt to silence the political opposition.
The charges were leveled against President Nasheed just days after all key opposition leaders, including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, signed an agreement to unite against current President Abdulla Yameen’s increasingly authoritarian leadership, and just one day after a vote of no confidence against the Speaker of Parliament, a regime crony. Although the ruling party won the no-confidence motion after the military forcibly removed opposition Members of Parliament from the chamber, President Yameen’s support in parliament has collapsed. The President routinely enjoyed support from some 60+ MPs earlier this year, but managed to muster just 48 votes in the no-confidence motion in the 85-member unicameral People’s Majlis.
According to media reports, Nasheed is being charged under the now repealed Terrorism Act. The charges relate to the arrest and brief detention of then Member of Parliament Abdulla Yameen (currently the President) by the Maldives National Defence Force in 2010. However, were the hearings to be held in the absence of the accused, it would violate President Nasheed’s right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the constitution of the Maldives. This fact should prevent any hearing for President Nasheed, who currently has refugee status in the U.K. and has been in living in London since January 2016, from taking place.
Jared Genser, international human rights lawyer for President Nasheed, stated, “These charges – which are dressing up a detention by a government as an act of terrorism almost seven years later – are a transparent attempt to prevent President Nasheed from returning to the Maldives to participate in the 2018 presidential elections. The only reason President Yameen has had to resurrect another ridiculous charge is because the international community unequivocally rejected President Nasheed’s last conviction as arbitrary and in violation of international law.”
President Nasheed was the first democratically-elected leader of the Maldives. In October 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determined that President Nasheed’s previous conviction and detention violated international law, and called for his immediate release and compensation. President Nasheed also has an active petition before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, seeking to restore those political rights that were illegally stripped by his arbitrary conviction, including the rights to participate in politics and to run for office in the Maldives.
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Updated 2 June 2017.