Human Rights Concerns
In the aftermath of the tsunami that briefly flooded the entire country and left scores dead, the government has taken steps to permit dissent in ways that have not been experienced since President Abdul Gayoom took over as President in 1978. This culminated in early February with a win of several opposition candidates in the parliamentary elections in early February. This has been overshadowed by the continuing detention of a number of Prisoners of Conscience who have been jailed for writing harsh, but protected, speech rejecting the current Maldives government.
Amnesty International continues to be concerned about the detention of Prisoners of Conscience who have been imprisoned solely for their political beliefs. Amnesty International is also urging theconstitutional process to incorporate full human rights protections in all of its deliberations and documents.
Taken from Amnesty International USA