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Maldives: Briefing paper on the situation of human rights defenders

(Geneva) - The Republic of the Maldives is scheduled to be reviewed at the 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review in April 2015. ISHR and civil society in the Maldives are gravely concerned about the increasing number of restrictions that hinder civil liberties such as freedom of expression, religion and assembly in the country. This represents a significant backslide in the progress made towards democratisation and human rights protection in the country, which the State must be encouraged to reverse when it comes up for review next year.