Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed stabbed to death

first_imgNews News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Aged 29, Rasheed was an influential critic who posted articles on his website, The Daily Panic, explaining the importance of social justice and drawing attention to governmental incompetence and corruption. He died from his stab wounds in the early hours of 23 April. Rasheed described himself as “disobedient writer” on his Twitter account and said he aimed to cover “the unfiltered truth, the sickening facts, the gruesome details, and – because this is the Maldives – the painfully obvious.”Zaheena Rasheed, a friend who edits the Maldives Independent news website, said he had been getting frequent death threats and had been reporting them to the police. She told media outlets that his murder has fuelled anger towards the police because, although aware of the threats, they did not take the necessary steps to protect him. A critic of both the government and the Islamist movements that are active in Maldives, Rasheed was detained for three weeks in 2015 for taking part in an anti- government demonstration.“We are shocked by the death of Yameen Rasheed, who embodied freedom of information, humanistic thought and democratic values in Maldives,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge President Abdulla Yameen’s government to shed light on this appalling crime and to do everything possible to ensure that it does not go unpunished. Any restriction on the resources available to the investigation will be seen as tacit approval by government of the murder of one of its most outspoken critics.”Rasheed’s murder appears to be linked to other free speech violations in Maldives, including other acts of violence against journalists, citizen journalists and bloggers. He waged a personal campaign about Minivan News reporter Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance in August 2014, often reiterating in posts on his website that the questions raised by Rilwan’s family needed an answer. Despites his repeated insistence and the requests by Rilwan’s family, the police still refuse to provide any information about the state of the investigation into Rilwan’s disappearance, which remains unsolved.Rasheed’s murder recalls the almost fatal attack on journalist and human rights defender Ismail Hilath Rasheed, who was badly stabbed in 2012 after receiving repeated death threats.Maldives is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation RSF_en RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that the outspoken blogger Yameen Rasheed was stabbed to death in his apartment building in Malé last weekend in an act of barbarity that deprives Maldives of a prominent freethinker and reinforces the offensive against free speech waged by his enemies. MaldivesAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information photo : July 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img September 12, 2018 Find out more News to go further RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist April 25, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed stabbed to death Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Brian Montgomery on the Future of FHA

first_img Share Save The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, FHA Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, headlined a powerful lineup of industry professionals who gathered Monday as part of the Legal League 100 Servicer Summit. A long-running industry tradition, this latest Summit unfolded as part of the annual Five Star Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.Montgomery spoke about his return to HUD during a Q&A with Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. Having served as FHA Commissioner from 2005 to January 2009, Montgomery stepped back into the role in May 2018, following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump and confirmation by the Senate. Montgomery also previously served as Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group and, before initially joining HUD, he worked in the Executive Offices of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush.Montgomery’s Q&A came amidst a day filled with networking and education opportunities at the Summit, a biannual event that brings together the League’s lineup of financial services attorneys, servicing professionals, and government representatives.In addition to Montgomery’s Q&A, the day’s lineup included a morning keynote address by Marion McDougall, EVP & Chief Loan Administration Officer, Caliber Home Loans. The bulk of the event was divided between a half-dozen 45-minute sessions focused on a variety of topics and featuring the insights of subject-matter experts and industry professionals.First up was “Working Smarter: Developing Effective Loss Mitigation Procedure,” which explored recent regulatory and litigation developments, as well as what procedures financial services law firms should develop to ensure full compliance. The “Pulling in the Same Direction: Collaborating to Improve Title Processes” session ran concurrently, focused on how servicers and law firms can partner to reduce title errors that can mean the difference between the transfer of an unencumbered property and lengthy litigation.After the 10 a.m. Networking Break, the Summit picked back up with a pair of simultaneous roundtable sessions: “Keeping up With the Code: Adaptive Bankruptcy Practices” and “Litigation Developments: The Rulings That Make the Rules.” Before the lunch break at noon, attendees were able to take in both the “Creative Management: Maintaining Viability in a Low-Volume Environment” and “Inside the Lines: Navigating Emerging Regulatory Concerns” sessions.Montgomery’s Q&A followed the lunch break, then led into the Servicer Super Session, in which Legal League 100 Chair Roy Diaz discussed trends and collaboration with a panel that included Allen Myers, Assistant General Counsel, VP, Mortgage Banking, JPMorgan Chase; Stephen Staid, SVP, PHH Mortgage; Ruth Price, First VP, Compliance & Oversight, Bayview Loan Servicing; and Ramie Word, SVP, Performing Servicing, Mr. Cooper.This week’s Legal League 100 Summit was sponsored by a360,, BDF Law Group, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, McCarthy Holthus, ProVest, Robertson Anschutz & Schneid, and Stern & Eisenberg.To learn more about the Legal League 100, visit the official website. 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