Conservative Party Human Rights Commission welcomes release of
Maldives opposition leader

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today warmly welcomed the release of the leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Mohamed Nasheed, from house arrest.

Ben Rogers, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, said: “We warmly welcome Mr. Nasheed’s release, and hope that this is a sign of further meaningful reforms to come in the Maldives. We urge the Maldives Government also to drop all charges against Mr. Nasheed, and to engage in substantive dialogue with the MDP and other political parties, and to transition to multi-party democratic elections.”

Mr. Rogers visited Mr. Nasheed in house arrest in the Maldives in June. Following his visit he published a report on behalf of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, in which he called for Mr. Nasheed’s release.

Mr. Rogers also visited detained human rights activist Jennifer Latheef in June, and called for her release. She was freed last month, although she was “pardoned” rather than acquitted by the President. Jennifer Latheef will be in London next week, and will be on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s House on Tuesday 26 September.

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http://www.conservativehumanrights.com/news/june/12.06.06_maldivesreport.htm
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