Yameen’s father, Hussain Rasheed, in a recent visit to Sri Lanka, appealed to the diplomatic community to pressure the Maldives government into expediting investigations into the murder of his son, the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan, and other politically and religiously motivated violence and intimidation. Yameen was brutally stabbed to death in the stairway of his apartment building in Male, in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017. He had been receiving death threats from religious extremists since 2014, and had lodged multiple complaints with the Police, however, the Maldivian Police Service failed to follow up on any of them. Activists, journalists and members of Sri Lankan civil society are to gather outside the Maldivian High Commission (25, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4,) at 3.30 p.m next Monday to protest against the recent murder of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed.Yameen ran a satirical blog called The Daily Panic and was a vocal critic of government authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism. He also lead the #FindMoyameehaa campaign, seeking justice for his best friend and investigative journalist Ahmed Rilwan (a.k.a. Moyameehaa), who was abducted in 2014, and has been missing since. Sri Lankan civil society members have previously condemned the murder in a public statement. (Colombo Gazette)
AUDIO: The Lid is On – Dianne Penn talks with Pradyumna, Charlotte and Per at UN Headquarters in New York, on a wide-ranging conversation about love, life and happiness.The UN has celebrated the International Day since 2013 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people everywhere.At the book signing, PK wore a pin promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet.The UN believes these are three key aspects that contribute to well-being and happiness. “We love to share our love, but the story has its own life and energy,” PK told UN News, adding that the UN is the ideal platform as it brings the world’s people together. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as ‘PK,’ made this incredible journey some 40 years ago. Born to a poor family in a village in eastern India, PK met Charlotte von Schedvin, a Swedish girl who had heard of him and had come to India to get her portrait drawn.They fell in love and were married, but in 1975, Charlotte had to return to school in Sweden. PK wanted to finish his studies as well, and could not accompany her. For some time after, he tried to figure out a way to get to her until finally, in 1978, he decided to sell all his belongings and set out on an impossible overland journey. He biked for four months, through Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, (former) Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Denmark to be reunited with the love of his life in Sweden. He and Charlotte, known as ‘Lotte,’ have been together ever since.Their story is told in the book The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Swedish journalist and travel writer, Per J. Andersson. All three sat down with UN News and United Nations Headquarters in New York, to record a truly heart-warming episode of our podcast series The Lid is On.UN staff and visitors got to meet PK, Lotte and Per during a book signing held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Happiness, observed annually on 20 March.