Maldives: Find brave missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan!
February 5, 2015, 10:22 am
Mr. Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla of Minivan News, Maldives, disappeared on 8 August 2014. He was heading home using the ferry that connects Male to Hulamale. He was captured on CCTV shortly before 1 am. But he has never seen by anyone till now. Worryingly, Ahmed disappeared 4 days after 15 journalists in Maldives received death threats. While this suspected abduction is the first of its kind in Maldives, it follows a worsening trend of threats over the past year, which have included attempted murder, arson and the labeling of certain journalists and human rights defenders as un-religious.
Here is a message from his brother to demand justice for Ahmed. Please sign the petition here addressing to Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and Foreign Affairs Minister Dunya Maumoon.
I celebrated my brother’s 29th birthday… but for the first time — it was without him. I fear Rilwan has been abducted and the Maldives police is doing nothing to find him. That’s why I’m turning to the Avaaz community now for help to find my brother.
Rilwan was a brave journalist who exposed the dangerous Islamic radicals operating in these paradise islands and who had issued many death threats to my brother. But many of these extremists have links with ruling politicians and that’s why the police are not moving on Rilwan’s case. The only thing that will make the Maldivian authorities act is international pressure, especially on the tourism industry that provides them billions of dollars. If they realise that the outside world knows rallies in support of terror group Islamic State are allowed on Male’s streets, it will scare tourists and they’ll be forced to act.
This Sunday it will be 6 months since Rilwan disappeared. When we get to 50,000 signatures, Avaaz will take out ‘Missing person’ ads in major Maldivian newspapers and launch a massive media awareness campaign on the extremism and corruption in my beautiful islands. Please join my family’s search for Rilwan.
Brother of Ahmed Rilwan