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Diplomatic Campaign Ramps Up to Free 'Mandela of the Maldives'


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Diplomatic Campaign Ramps Up to Free 'Mandela of the Maldives'

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Following a United Nations ruling condemning the illegal and arbitrary imprisonment of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, the legal team for the man sometimes called 'the Mandela of the Maldives' announced this week it will ramp up an international diplomatic pressure campaign until he is freed.

"Nasheed's unfair trial and conviction is emblematic of a new crisis in the country…where a fledgling democracy has entered a much darker period of repression," said human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who is working alongside other attorneys to secure Nasheed's release.