Missing journo’s family accuses Maldives rights watchdog of injustice

Rilwan's friends and family have continued to allege a government cover-up over the missing journalist.

Rilwan’s friends and family have continued to allege a government cover-up over the missing journalist.

The family of missing Maldives Independent’s journalist Ahmed Rilwan accused the Human Rights Commission of Maldives of injustice in the investigation.

Condemning the HRCM’s recent statement which claims not to have concerns over the human rights situation of the Maldives, Rilwan’s family stated that the government has not shared any details of the investigation carried out by the authorities with family even after 855 days since Rilwan went missing.

“We have no place to seek justice or no idea of what happened to our son, but due to the neglect of the government, all suspects have now gone abroad,” said Rilwan’s family in the statement.

Furthermore, they said that not having a solution to this dilemma foresees such other situations, and that it is dangerous for HRCM not to be concerned by this.

The journalist and blogger had “disappeared” from his flat in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale in the wake of death threats. Over two years on, the investigation has still led nowhere with no information of what had happened to Rilwan, who might have “abducted” him or if he is still alive. Police had earlier arrested two suspects over his disappearance, but they were ultimately released due to lack of evidence.

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