Mohamed Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed

President Mohamed Nasheed is a human rights and environmental activist who was the Maldives’ first democratically-elected president, serving from 2008 to 2012. Known as the “Mandela of the Maldives,” Nasheed was a founder of the Maldivian Democratic Party and led a campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. This resulted in President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the country’s 30-year dictator, relaxing authoritarian controls and allowing political pluralism; Nasheed was subsequently elected in 2008 in an historic democratic election. On February 7, 2012, Nasheed was forced to resign the presidency after a coup d’etat organized by security forces loyal to the former president. The next year he was convicted under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act and sentenced to 13 years in prison, which has been denounced by international human rights groups and governments as a politically motivated attack. Nasheed was given asylum in the United Kingdom in 2016 and has won numerous awards and accolades for his environmental activism and democracy-building.

Tweets by Mohamed Nasheed

  • Your commitment to political reform in Sri Lanka is an inspiration. Your Excellency Chandrika, thankful for your en… https://t.co/LT87Oy7w2yTue Mar 28, 12:01am
  • Congratulations to all joint opposition MPs & activists. Today, the Government faced their biggest setback. Its majority is on thin ice.Mon Mar 27, 1:33pm
  • Government brings in military to occupy the Parliament chamber to obstruct and rig the no confidence vote on the Speaker. #NoToMaseehMon Mar 27, 5:44am

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