Mohamed Nasheed awarded Honorary Fellowship
05 April 2012
On behalf of LJMU’s Roscoe Foundation for Citizenship, Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, hosted an event to award former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, who is a highly esteemed LJMU Alumnus, an Honorary Fellowship. This was in recognition of the role he played in spear-heading the democracy movement in his country.
Dr Farah Faizal, the former High Commissioner of the Maldives to the UK, accepted the Fellowship on behalf of Mohamed Nasheed and delivered a Roscoe Seminar titled ‘The struggle for human rights and democracy in the Maldives – and the price which one man has paid.’, which described the situation in the Maldives and drew attention to the current situation of Mr Nasheed following his resignation. Director of LJMU's Foundation for Citizenship, David Alton introduced Mohamed Nasheed as a man heralded as the harbinger of change who pledged to complete the archipelago's transition to democracy.
Mohamed Nasheed came to power as President of the Maldives after elections in 2008 ended 30 years of rule by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. In the Maldives first ever democratic elections, Mr Nasheed won with 54% of the votes. In recent years, Mr Nasheed has also attracted worldwide attention for his campaign for action on climate change, even holding an underwater cabinet meeting to highlight his cause. He founded the Climate Vulnerable Forum, an association of countries affected disproportionately by climate change, and has won many awards for this work.
Dr Farah Faizal read out a statement from Mr Nasheed in acceptance of the Fellowship in which he praised the University for the comprehensive experience, lessons and lasting impressions it left him with, and stated that he was pleased to further strengthen ties with LJMU.
Professor Nigel Weatherill added that the inspirational talk from Dr Faizala about Mohamed Nasheed’s work and how his experiences in a UK University helped him, showed the importance of creating an international community in Higher Education Institutions.
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the current UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, who served as the Foreign Minister under Nasheed administration as well as under Maumoon Abdul Gayoom also attended.
Mohamed Nasheed read for a Bachelor of Arts in Maritime Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic, graduating in 1989.
Listen to the Roscoe Seminar again at: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/roscoe/97603.htm
Following the Seminar, Dr Farah Faizal was interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips. To listen to this interview please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00q3lrr/Roger_Phillips_03_04_2012/ (1 hour 2 minutes in) (available for seven days)
Pictured: LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill, Philomene Uwamaliya who attended the Seminar and delivered a previous Roscoe Lecture in the 2008 series - 'Survivors: Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity', Dr Farah Faizal, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and Director of LJMU's Foundation for Citizenship, David Alton (Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool).