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Nihan Zafar

I am a dissident from Maldives living in exile. For some, Maldives is a picture-perfect paradise; for others, it is a hell-hole of human rights abuses and torture.

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Latest posts by Nihan Zafar

15 October 2008

Maldives: Election fever in blogosphere

The presidential election being held in Maldives is the first multi-party election in the country. This election is believed by many Maldivians as their chance to bring democracy to a...

14 August 2008

Maldives: Non-Muslims to be Barred from Citizenship?

On 7 August, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the President of the Maldives, and Asia's longest serving ruler, ratified the amended constitution of the country. It culminated a process of constitutional amendment...

23 March 2008

Maldives: Living with contaminated groundwater

As the world observed World Water Day on March 22, issues concerning sanitation and access to safe water were discussed and debated in the media. This year’s theme for WWD...

14 January 2008

Maldives: Aftermath of an assassination attempt

It looks like a scene out of a Tintin or Asterix comic book. On January 8, during a campaign tour of a northern atoll, while the Maldives dictator Maumoon Abdul...

28 September 2007

Maldives: Facebook and blogs used to organize vigil to remember torture victim

On 19 September 2003 a conflict among some inmates of Maafushi Jail in the Maldives led to 12 of them being isolated from their cells. Among the isolated was Hassan...

3 September 2007

Maldives: Inhumane Treatment of Migrant Workers

The Maldivian government was able to prevent Bangladeshi migrant workers’ community in the capital Malé from holding a demonstration on Friday, by using the threat of deportation. The Bangladeshi community,...

6 August 2007

Maldives: Secret Haven for Pedophiles

Maldivian bloggers are expressing outrage over the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the country and the lack of firm action by the government to address the issue. Maldives has...

16 July 2007

Maldives: Jamming to save the islands from submerging

In Greek mythology singing of the Sirens were so sweet and melodic that sailors were lured into the sea and met fateful deaths. On July 07, or the date known...

12 May 2007

RSF names Maldives police unit Star Force as predator of press freedom

Reporters without Borders (RSF) has listed Star Force, an elite unit of Maldives Police Service, as a predator of press freedom. The listing came weeks after a dead body fished...

20 April 2007

Maldives police accused of torture and killing a young man

Torture by Maldivian police on detainees has come under spotlight once again with the discovery of a badly beaten body from water in the morning of April 15 in the...

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