State institutions and non-governmental organisations working in the field of Human Rights have released statements on the 63rd International Human Rights Day, December 10, both celebrating the current progress in the protection of human rights in the Maldives, as well as expressing concern about certain violations and restrictions in the field.
Short-term budget financing measures of selling T-bills and printing money pose risks such as the devaluation of the Rufiyaa, while unpaid bills could disrupt basic services such as electricity, the report warned.
The revised budget, submitted after several weeks of delay, stands at a record MVR 17.5 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) and has a projected deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP. Notable revisions include an expectedMVR 1 billion in revenue from advance payments for resort lease extensions.
Whilst welcoming the criminalisation of human trafficking, both the Human Rights Commission and the Assistant Controller of Immigration have stressed that amendments may be needed, alongside capacity building, before the new legislation can be fully effective.
Transparency Maldives Global Corruption Survey – launched yesterday – found that 79 percent of respondents viewed the military as corrupt, placing it fifth behind the Majlis, political parties, the judiciary and the police.
Following the JSC’s decision to transfer Judge Abdulla Mohamed from his post as Criminal Court Chief Judge to the same position in the Drug Court on Monday, Faiz sent a letter to the President of the judicial watchdog Adam Mohamed on Tuesday, stating that the commission did not have the legal authority to carry out such transfers, and that such decisions made by them to date are “unlawful”.
Highlighting the disparity between the number of men and women prosecuted for fornication under Sharia law, the report states “paternity testing is not used as admissible evidence in court and the opportunity for men to deny guilt makes male accountability something of a farce”.
The NGO’s Global Corruption Barometer survey revealed that eight in ten of those surveyed felt the issue of corruption had not decreased in the past two years. The Majlis was labelled as most corrupt organisation, with religious groups being described as the least corrupt.
The Judicial Service Commission has today decided to transfer the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed to the Drug Court for the same position as Chief Judge. Mohamed’s arrest in January 2012 precipitated the fall of the Mohamed Nasheed presidency.