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Maldive Islands: Information on a rally held in the capital city in November 1988 in which seven demonstrators were killed by government forces

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 January 1994
Citation / Document Symbol MDV16018.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Maldive Islands: Information on a rally held in the capital city in November 1988 in which seven demonstrators were killed by government forces, 1 January 1994, MDV16018.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab4f9c.html [accessed 16 September 2014]
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Information on this specific subject is currently unavailable to the DIRB in Ottawa; however, it may be of interest to note that there was a failed attempt to overthrow the Maldivian government in November 1988 (AP 4 Nov. 1988; Inter Press Service 7 Nov. 1988). For details on this event as well as the public reactions to it, please refer to the attachments. The sources consulted indicate there were casualties in the fighting between the mercenaries who staged the coup attempt on one side and the small Maldivian security forces and the Indian commandos on the other. None of the sources indicates casualties related to the public demonstration of anger against the mercenaries after their arrest.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

The Associated Press (AP). 4 November 1988. PM Cycle. Dexter Cruez. "Troops in Pursuit of Mercenaries Who Staged Failed Coup Attempt." (NEXIS)

Inter Press Service. 7 November 1988. "Maldives: Official Says Indian Troops Will Remain for a While." (NEXIS)

Attachments

The Associated Press (AP). 4 November 1988. PM Cycle. Dexter Cruez. "Troops in Pursuit of Mercenaries Who Staged Failed Coup Attempt." (NEXIS)

Inter Press Service. 7 November 1988. "Maldives: Official Says Indian Troops Will Remain for a While." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 9 November 1988. AM Cycle. "Mercenaries Kill Two Hostages, Ship's Captain Tells BBC." (NEXIS)

. 5 November 1988. AM Cycle. Malcolm Davidson. "Revenge Calls Greet Alleged Coup Leader's Return to Male." (NEXIS)

. 5 November 1988. PM Cycle. "Maldives Attacked Captured, Hostages Reported Rescued." (NEXIS)

The Washington Post. 4 November 1988. Final Edition. Stuart Auerbach. "Coup d'Etat Attempted in Maldives; India Paratroops Arrive to Thwart Invasion Force." (NEXIS)

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