UN meets Maldives Police over murder of social media activist

UN Resident Coordinator Shoko Noda meets with Maldives Police Service

UN Resident Coordinator Shoko Noda (R) meets with Maldives Police Service

The United Nations (UN) met with Maldives Police Service regarding the murder of social media activist and blogger Yameen Rasheed late Thursday.

During the meeting, the Resident Coordinator of UN to the Maldives Shoko Noda discussed the ongoing investigation of Yameen’s murder and urged the authorities to carry out a full investigation thoroughly. She also urged to look into such threats and carry out proper investigations.

The UN has previously also called for a proper investigation into Yameen’s murder.

In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, noted that Yameen Rasheed had received numerous death threats prior to his murder but he had had to contact Police numerous times to officially register the cases.

The High Commissioner had declared that the state is responsible for establishing freedom of speech to defend journalism and human rights without fear.

The statement further highlighted that Yameen Rasheed was killed amidst political unrest in the Maldives where several politicians of the opposition are being charged and accused of various offences. UN also noted that Yameen is the third individual from media to be attacked.

Yameen Rasheed, 29, of Addu atoll Feydhoo island was found dead with 14 stab wounds by the staircase of his house in capital Male in the early hours of Sunday morning. While no arrests have been made yet over the murder, Police last Tuesday declared in a press conference that they have identified the main suspects and released photographs of two men.

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