A protest is underway in London today to highlight the continuing repression of human and civil rights in Maldives. Protestors will focus on the plight and deteriorating health of about twenty pro-democracy detainees who are into a fourth day of a hunger-strike.
No actions or words would be used to distract tourists from visiting the Maldives, the U.K based NGO Friends of Maldives, who organized the protest said in a statement.
Participants and activists would distribute thousands of leaflets that include articles, photographs and graphics on the human and civil rights violations prevalent in Maldives.
Over fifty activists will oversee the peaceful demonstration, being staged to garner international attention to the Maldives governmentâ€™s blatant and brutal stifling of dissent and opposition.
Prominent dissenters have been jailed and tortured, amidst growing concern that many are forcefully being with-held from contesting forthcoming general elections for which the application deadline is November 15th. Other high-profile opposition figures are actively being intimidated from running in the elections, polling for which is slotted for the 31st December, Friends of Maldives said.