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News in Brief

  • Terrorism trials begin for over 80 individuals from Thinadhoo
  • Hawaiian company acquires resort in Maldives
  • Velezinee barred from Supreme Court trial
IS un-Islamic and anti-Islamic, tells Dr Waheed at UN General Assembly thumbnail

IS un-Islamic and anti-Islamic, tells Dr Waheed at UN General Assembly

“Islam, our great religion of peace, compassion and tolerance, is being hijacked by radical and extremist elements to perpetuate hatred and violence,” Dr Waheed said at the 69th session of the General Assembly.


Former justice minister slams “judicial dictatorship” thumbnail

Former justice minister slams “judicial dictatorship”

“If we don’t want an executive dictatorship from a dictatorship, we don’t want a judicial dictatorship either,” the former speaker of parliament said, calling on the public to speak out for judicial reform.


Allegations of ties between police and terrorist groups harm national interest, says police commissioner thumbnail

Allegations of ties between police and terrorist groups harm national interest, says police commissioner

“The commissioner of police said no one who wishes well or wants a good future for the country would speak ill of the public and talk either in the Maldives or abroad in a manner that could render the country’s sound institutions powerless,” reads a news update from the police media.


Supreme Court slams HRCM for basing rights assessment on “rejected” UN rapporteur findings thumbnail

Supreme Court slams HRCM for basing rights assessment on “rejected” UN rapporteur findings

Supreme Court judges today denounced HRCM’s statements on the judiciary as “dangerous,” “irresponsible” and based on a “rejected” 2013 report by UN Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers.


Maldives’ human rights developments “disturbing”, says Canadian foreign minister thumbnail

Maldives’ human rights developments “disturbing”, says Canadian foreign minister

“The likely kidnapping of a leading local journalist and threats and attacks against other journalists, politicians and activists are particularly disturbing,” said John Baird.


Three arrested in connection with Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

Three arrested in connection with Rilwan’s disappearance

The Criminal Court has extended the detention of two men for five days and a third man for seven days. These are the first arrests in relation to Rilwan’s disappearance and have been welcomed by the Maldivian Democracy Network.


Interschool theatre festival demonstrates youth awareness of human rights issues thumbnail

Interschool theatre festival demonstrates youth awareness of human rights issues

Seven schools participated in the first event of its kind, organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives. The winning entry highlighted the plight of migrant workers.


Maldives backtracking on democracy, warns MP Imthiyaz Fahmy thumbnail

Maldives backtracking on democracy, warns MP Imthiyaz Fahmy

MDP MP Imthiyaz Fahmy delivered a lecture titled ‘The Maldives backtracking on democracy: human rights violations, impunity, and increasing religious extremism’ at the University of Western Australia on Friday.


Government uses gangs for its ends, alleges former President Nashed thumbnail

Government uses gangs for its ends, alleges former President Nashed

“I am not necessarily saying that senior government ministers used gangs to make Rilwan disappear or torch the MDP [office] or sent [death threats via] texts. But senior government officials are using gangs for many other things,” said Nasheed.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories