- Mohamed Nasheed, Maldivian politician; Source: UNDP
According to AI, hundreds of people have been detained – most of them were injured by police forces prior to arrest. The security forces allegedly have searched people in the hospitals in order to beat them again. So far, none of the perpetrators has been prosecuted and a lack of codified laws and qualified judges to guarantee justice equally to all contributes to a state of impunity.
The report is based on interviews with a large number of Maldivians including survivors of human rights violations, lawyers, activists, medical professionals and senior politicians.
Recently, another human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised a court ruling sentencing a teenaged girl to public flogging under Sharia law after she confessed that she had pre-marital sex. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called on the Maldives authorities to stop the practice of public flogging for extra-marital or pre-marital sex.