Human Rights Current Affairs - 2020

Former CM of Mizoram Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo passes away

Former Chief Minister (CM) of Mizoram Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo passed away on 27 March 2015 in Aizawl, Mizoram.

Apart from being CM, he was also one of the prominent voices against the human rights violation by the armed forces’ in 1970s in the insurgency-hit Mizo hills.

About Thenphunga Sailo

  • Sailo was born on 1 January 1922.
  • Army career- He had joined the British Indian army in 1942 as a junior officer and had rose to the rank of Brigadier in 1966.
  • He had fought the Second World War for the British and was first Indian Army officer from the Mizo community.
  • Political career- In 1975 he had started the People’s Conference Party (now Mizoram People’s Conference).
  • In 1977, he became the second Chief Minister of Mizoram while state was Union Territory and had served CM for two terms.
  • For first times he was CM for six months in 1978 and later for full five year term from 1979 to 1984.
  • He had retired from politics in July 2014.
  • Awards- He was awarded the prestigious military award AVSM during his service in the army. In 1999, he was awarded the Padmashree for his contributions to Mizo society.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed sentenced to 13-year imprisonment

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13-year imprisonment by country’s criminal court under the anti-terrorism laws.

He was charged under the island nation’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 1990 for his order to arrest a Criminal Court judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012.  The case against Nasheed was based on the investigation report of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives into kidnapping of the Judge.

He was arrested for same charges on 22 February 2015 after court had issued warrant to stop him fleeing the country.

Mohamed Nasheed is Maldives first democratically elected President. He was in office from 2008 to 2012. He had resigned in 2012 after a mutiny by police and troops, followed weeks of protests over the arrest of Judge Abdullah Mohamed on corruption allegations.