The human rights attorney is in the Maldives to meet with former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is currently imprisoned on what many are calling trumped-up charges of terrorism. But the political situation is extremely unstable and Clooney's co-counsel, Mahfooz Saeed, was stabbed in the head outside of his hotel on Sept. 4. He remains in a critical condition.
"Maldives authorities must ensure that human rights defenders can work free from fear of reprisals," Amnesty International admonished in a statement. "Political tensions in Maldives are running high, and there is a climate of fear spreading among opposition supporters and human rights defenders, as the human rights situation has deteriorated over the past two years."
A source told People, "Amal is in a pretty rough spot right now in the Maldives. "President Nasheed is a really good, forward-thinking man, in a really dangerous situation, and Amal being there is really tricky and really dangerous.
"She's in a place she knew was dangerous going in, but this is her [work]," said the source. "She's doing such an amazing job and taking such big risks and doing it all for no money. These are cases that aren't easily won.
"She's always been this way. She did a little bit of corporate law early on in New York and realized it was boring and she wanted to be a human rights attorney. It's what drives her," says the source.
"It's not about fame or money or any of that for her."
Unfortunately, some people think Clooney's motives are not quite altruistic. The comment section of the People article took a nasty turn as users ripped the lawyer for her choice of wardrobe, husband and lifestyle. Warning: Most of these comments are extremely sexist and xenophobic.
Ouch, not nice. What would be nice is if people could channel the energy they put into spewing hate and put it into something positive instead.
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