Maldivian police officers detain an opposition protestor demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male on Feb. 21, 2018.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen extended a draconian state of emergency by another month on Feb. 20, ignoring a growing chorus of international concern and calls for democracy to be restored in the honeymoon islands.
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, center, surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives on Feb. 2, 2018.
International tourists walk along a beach of the Paradise Island Resort and Spa in the North Male' Atoll on Feb. 14, 2012.
On Feb. 6, 2018, The State Department issued a travel advisory calling on visitors to exercise greater caution "due to terrorism and civil unrest."
The wooden entrance leading to the Coco Palm resort on Boduhithi Island in the Maldives is seen on Aug. 17, 2007.
An aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives taken on Sept. 11, 2013.
Maldivian police officers detain an opposition protestor demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives on Feb, 2, 2018.
Maldivian opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest as they the urge the government to obey a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president in Male, Maldives on Feb. 4, 2018.
Former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed (C) addresses a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jan. 22, 2018.
Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Jan. 22 accused China of a systematic land grab in his politically-troubled Indian Ocean archipelago and undermining its sovereignty.
Lebanese-British lawyer and rights activist Amal Clooney arrives in Male on Sept. 7, 2015. Clooney arrived in the Maldives on Sept. 7 to press for the release of ex-leader Mohamed Nasheed and said the atoll nation's rights record was "deteriorating" day by day.
A Maldives soldier stands guard outside the president's residence in Male on Feb. 8, 2018.
The international community has censured Maldives President Abdulla Yameen for imposing special emergency provisions that allow the military to detain suspects for long periods without charge.
Policemen use pepper spray to disperse pro-opposition supporters during a protest in Male, Maldives on Feb. 16, 2018.
Maldivian opposition protestors shout slogans demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives, Feb. 2, 2018.