Islands in the Indian Ocean, ruled since 1968 by the Dhivehi Raa'jeyge Jumhooriyya


Maldives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Maldives, (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ, Dhivehi Raa'je), officially Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ, Dhivehi Raa'jeyge Jumhooriyya), also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India's Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres south-west of India. During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as 'Maldivische Eilanden' in their documentation, while 'Maldive Islands' is the anglicised version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written 'Maldives'. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Maldives | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 43, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 5
"Despite recent presidential and parliamentary elections, the functioning of democratic institutions in 2015 was weakened by a lack of progress in the implementation of critical reforms. The widely condemned arrest of former president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed in February and ongoing persecution of other opposition politicians raised concerns about the deterioration of rule of law and the openness of the political arena."