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Maldivian Democracy Network

Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN)

The Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) is a non-partisan NGO which aims to promote human rights and the values and principles of democracy in the Maldives. The organisation has a broad mandate and works on reporting, monitoring and advocating human rights issues. In addition, MDN conducts human rights awareness workshops and trainings around the country. Over the years, MDN has earned a place within the civil society sector as a strong voice that works effectively to uphold its mandate. The organisation is recognised as an important entity in the promotion of democratic values and standards, and human rights.

The widely condemned arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed in February 2015 and ongoing persecution of other opposition politicians raise concerns about the deterioration of rule of law and human rights in the Maldives. Human rights defenders that advocate for freedom of religion as well as rights within religion are particularly vulnerable, whilst journalists and freedom of expression activists are impeded by both official restrictions and threats to their person.