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Nasheed's arm was badly hurt while he was being physically manhandled into the courtroom by police, and he has been denied legal representation.

Nasheed’s arm was badly hurt while he was being physically manhandled into the courtroom by police.

Feisty Doves Climate Action advocates nonviolent action to achieve a livable climate but also to underpin nonviolent civilian-based defense as an alternative to the military.  We support vigorous use of nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, demonstrations, economic sanctions, and petitions to achieve these climate and defense goals.

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

Contact information for all U.S. senators.

Contact information for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives,  then click on contact.

After contacting a U.S. senator or representative, please inform Paul Emile Anders (organizer for Greenpeace Feisty Doves) and let him know which senator you have contacted and what the senator’s response has been: paul@ancientstudiesinstitute.org.

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.

Media Contact: Julia Pacetti, JMP Verdant, julia@jmpverdant.com, (718) 399-0400

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Updated 2 June 2017.

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  1. Wondering about how this proposal maps onto the problem. Defence against invasion is a small subset of the reasons for military spending (biggest spenders are direct or proxy invaders not invadees?). Nonviolence alliances might attract only a subset of military spenders (the small ones – while overall weapons spending could go on upwards?). Conflict is a subset of the problem dynamic involving climate (all issues are worsened so should all be considered?)

  2. “The problem” seems complex, with interrelated issues including climate deterioration, military invasions and military coups d’état, imperialism assisted by armies, and structural deficiencies in the United Nations and other international organizations.

    As you say, defense against invasion is a small subset of reasons for military spending. If we think that nonviolent tactics are comparable or better against invasion than a military defense, than the other reasons for military efforts need to stand on their own merits: controlling other nations (e.g., U.S. invasion of Vietnam and Grenada), intimidating other nations with nuclear weapons, proping up military dictarorships (e.g. Egypt), supporting the military-industrial complex and the jobs and profits it provides. Many people reject these other reasons and their support for the military and military spending would deminsh if they supported nonviolent civilian-based defense.

    The United Nations reflects the positions of the victors in World War II who positioned defense in the Security Council and then provided themselves with veto power. An contravaling structure would include a nonviolently defended group of democratic nations and nations that aspire to democracy, having little or no military power. Those with small militaries could eliminate their military expenditures as Costa Rica did permanently in 1949 by eliminating their military. The resulting “peace dividend” would be assigned to education, health, infrastructure and other projects that would leverage more employment and positive growth. This also effectively deals with the danger of military coups d’état, which have often happened, e.g., in Argentina and Chile in the 20ieth century. Excluding the dictatorships would enable the peaceful nations to embrace nonviolent tactics, whereas dictatorships would probably not want to empower their own people with the tools that that could be turned against the dictators.

    Thus an attractive international structure could arise based on those nations that consider nonviolent civilian-based defense to be a good policy. The toolbox of nonviolent tactics could also be used to pressure nations with a high per capita carbon footprint. Climate deterioration is upon us and we need to act now.

    A interesting summary of what needs to happen to eliminate war is A Global Security System: an Alternative to War, published by World Beyond War.

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