Thursday, December 09, 2004

Personal account : Fathimath Nisreen, cyber-dissident imprisoned in the Maldives

I was never physically tortured. But the psychological scars from what I underwent in prison are irreversible.

"Fathimath Nisreen was arrested in January 2002 for helping to publish an e-mail newsletter called Sandhaanu that covered human rights violations and corruption in the Maldives. Accused of 'libel' and 'trying to overthrow the government,' she was sentenced to 10 years in prison. This was commuted to five years banishment on Feeail island in 2003. Fathimath was just 22 years old at the time of her trial. A peaceful gathering in protest against the regime began in the capital, Male, on the evening of 12 August 2004, while Fathimath was being allowed to spend several weeks there. Although under house arrest, she was able to participate in the protest. She agreed to talk about the violent crackdown that ensued. "


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