A walk for Justice: memorial rally for activist Yameen Rasheed held in Malé


Family, friends, and human rights defenders took the streets on Monday to mark a year since Yameen Rasheed, a locally prominent internet activist, was butchered to death at age 29. Demonstrators called on authorities to open the trial against suspects arrested for the brutal murder and for the family to be given more access to the proceedings. The family has said that they had been 'shunned and ridiculed' by authorities. Yameen was killed in the early hours of 23rd April, 2017, by a group of assailants that waited for him at his home in capital city Malé. He was found in the stairwell of Spetiula in Maafannu, where he resided, with over 30 stab wounds to his chest and his throat slashed.



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23rd April, 2018: Demonstrators at Monday's rally called on authorities to open Yameen Rasheed's murder trial and to make proceedings more transparent and credible

23rd April, 2018: Yameen Rasheed's mother, Mariyam Shafeega, was at Monday's rally calling for justice in her son's murder

23rd April, 2018: Demonstrators at Monday's rally called on authorities to open Yameen Rasheed's murder trial and to make proceedings more transparent and credible

23rd April, 2018: Demonstrators at the rally called on authorities to open Yameen Rasheed's murder trial and to make proceedings more transparent and credible

23rd April, 2018: Noting that Yameen was a “brave and outspoken champion for free speech,” the US Embassy in Sri Lanka via twitter called on authorities ‘to ensure justice for Yameen’ and to find missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan