What did Maldives lose during these 45 days of Emergency ?


When the Supreme Court of Maldives took a brave step and ordered the release of 9 political prisoners including Former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, then justice seemed to prevail. Though Pres. Yameen didn’t let it happen and imposed emergency. Below are the damages happened to the country in last 45 days.

  • On the February 1st Maldives supreme court-ordered release of Nine Political prisoners and to re-instate 12 lawmakers.
  • Thousands of people hit the Male streets demanding to release of political prisoners including President Nasheed.
  • On the 5th February, Maldives president Abdulla Yameen hurriedly declared the state of emergency for 15 days to suppress the movement.
  • Shortly after, Maldives Police Forcefully Arrested the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law Mohamed Nadheem.
  • Online news portal Maldives Independent and Raajje TV website came under cyber attack.
  • Several countries including USA, Saudi Arabia, UK and China issued a travel advisory.
  • Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed arrested from the Supreme Court after a seven-hour-long operation by security forces.
  • While government carried crackdown on opposition leaders and illegally detained hundreds of Maldivians, the citizen relentlessly protested for last 45 days.
  • On February 20th State of Emergency was extended by another 30 days after President Yameen forced ruling party MPs to approve the State of Emergency.
  • Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham opposed the unconstitutional extension of the state of emergency.
  • On 16th March Maldivians staged the biggest protest “Yameen ‘Huttuva’ (Stop)”. It was joined by thousands of Maldivian and the anger against Yameen Government was at its highest. Security forces arrested 141 people including Three Raajje TV journalists.
  • Yameen government unlawfully Charged the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom chief justice Abdulla Saeed, Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed, Three MPs Ilham Ahmed, Abdulla Sinan Faris Maumoon, Two former CP Ahmed Areef, former CP & MP Abdulla RiyazAnd Gayoom’s Son-In-Law Mohamed Nadheem With terrorism.
  • EU parliament discussed 16 point resolution and further called for targeted sanctions against Yameen government officials.
  • UN human rights chief described the government’s actions as “an all-out assault on democracy”.
  • 45-day state of emergency badly affected Maldivian tourism industry which lost USD20 Million every day.

After 45 days the illegally imposed state Of Emergency has now been lifted by the President Yameen.

While the state of emergency has been lifted by the president what about misdeed during 45 days.

But will justice be served now?

What is the fate of political prisoners?

Will the Government implement Supreme Court’s ruling?

What will be the next step of opposition and Yameen Government?

Maldivians have lost many days, their trust in the Government. Will People keep flooding the streets until democracy is achieved?

Full details are available at the link below:

Source URL: Maldives Uprising

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We lost lot. But what have we gained by it. Did anything have been concluded? Just nothing.