Ms. Aishath Rasheed is a biotechnologist by profession and is the Chairperson of the Association for Democracy in the Maldives (ADM), a civil and political rights organisation with a focus on enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killing based on religion. ADM assists victim families to promote fair investigations and trials and facilitates international advocacy. In addition to assistance to human rights defenders under threat, ADM conducts public awareness on fundamental rights and democratic principles.
Aishath formed ADM as a result of prolonged delays in justice to her brother and popular blogger Yameen Rasheed (2017), and the forcefully disappeared journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdullah (2014). Yameen and Rilwan wrote extensively about violent extremism, corruption and political issues and are believed to have been executed by religious extremists who are being protected by the state.
Aishath continues to fight for justice for Yameen five years after he was murdered and for Rilwan eight years after his abduction. Aishath has since been targeted by religious groups with death threats and persecuted by the government, which dismissed her arbitrarily from her position as a forensic scientist at the Maldives Police Service in 2018.