Transparency International and Transparency Maldives on Sunday call for a full and transparent investigation into his death of Yameen Rasheed, a fierce critic of the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule and rising religious extremism in the Maldives.
Yameen Rasheed, 29, who worked for the Maldives Independent had disclosed to the NEW YORK TIMES this year that he complained repeatedly to the police about receiving death threats but that the police often failed to return his calls or dropped his complaints without investigation.
He was found with multiple stab wounds in the stairway of his apartment building in Malé at 3 a.m on Sunday and died soon after he was taken to the hospital, according to MALDIVES TIMES.
According to the TIME, his death follows a 2012 stabbing attack on another blogger, Ismail Rasheed (a.k.a. Hilath), and the murder of lawmaker Afrasheem Ali that same year. A journalist, Ahmed Rilwan, disappeared in 2014 and has not been seen since.
He was an outspoken critic of the government in his satirical blog, had received many death threats and worked tirelessly to find out the truth of the disappearance of his journalist friend Ahmed Rilwan,
“The international community must put pressure on the government to ensure there is a full investigation into Yameen’s death. Too often the voices of criticism in the Maldives are silenced by harassment and intimidation. This should not be allowed to happen. The government must be seen to protect the space for people to speak up. We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Yameen at this difficult time,” said José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International.