Dhivehi is the language of the
Maldivians are called Dhivehin
is officially banned in Maldives
by the Gayyoom dictatorship.
November 2003, Dhivehi Observer
began publishing in UK as a news
and information website
promoting freedom, democracy and rule of law in
Maldives, an Indian Ocean
country spanning the vital oil
sea link between East Asia and
the Middle East. Maldives also
has lucrative tourism and
fishing industries, and a small
population of less than 350,000.
But nearly half its people
suffer from malnutrition.
strategically important country
is ruled by a dictator, Maumoon
Gayyoom, who has methodically
terrorised Maldivians for 27
crimes were hidden by clever
public relations and
international disinterest but
now with the Internet, dedicated
writers and artists are
spreading true information about
his crimes. The information can
no longer be censored and its
truth can be judged and
main aims are to
expose the tyranny of Gayyoom
democratic institutions in the Republic of Maldives.
We have correspondents on every
inhabited island in Maldives and
maintain an informed circle of
is not formally affiliated to any political group or
party. Some editorial staff have
close links with the Maldivian
Democratic Party (MDP) but
content decisions are made by DO
staff and contributors. The MDP
exercises no control.
and Chief Editor - Ahmed Moosa
(Sappe') based in UK.
staff have requested anonymity
due to fear of arrest and
Our work is made possible by
contributions from many readers. Please feel free to
help us any way you can. You are
invited to print out and
distribute information from our
should be aware of the
risks involved in helping DO.
Reform organisations and groups
are invited to contact us if
they wish to help Maldives win
its freedom or if they think we
can help them without compromising
Freedom of expression
( from Constitution of the
Chapter II, Clause 25
citizen shall have the freedom to express his conscience and
thoughts orally or in writing or by other means, unless
prohibited by law in the interest of protecting the
sovereignty of the Maldives, of maintaining public order and
of protecting the basic tenets of Islam."
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without
interference and to seek, receive and impart information and
ideas through media regardless of frontiers.
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