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President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed thumbnail

President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed

Yameen’s remarks were “uncivilised, outmoded, and unacceptable,” the opposition leader said, contending that the president’s intention was to deflect attention from his administration’s failure to “fulfil the hopes of the people”.


Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations thumbnail

Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations

The Supreme Court has enacted new regulations authorising courts to initiate legal proceedings and punish individuals for any expression, action, gesture or piece of writing “inside or outside a courtroom” that could be considered contempt of court.


Comment: Open letter refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives thumbnail

Comment: Open letter refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives

“Some of you think I am an example of what is wrong with Maldives’ society,” writes Abrahan Naim. “I am a Maldivian and proud. I ask all of you that you to take a good look at your situation in the Maldives, rather than at me…If you want to change Maldives society, then change it.”


JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct thumbnail

JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct

The judge was reportedly accused of sexually assaulting a female attorney from the Prosecutor General’s Office and suspended in February 2013 pending the outcome of an investigation by the judicial oversight body.


President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy thumbnail

President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy

“Opposition political parties are deliberately trying to disrupt stability by creating a spirit of unrest in society,” President Yameen said in his Independence Day address, alleging efforts to discourage foreign buyers of Maldivian fish as well as a tourism boycott campaign.


Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza thumbnail

Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza

The Maldives condemned Israel’s “mass killings and the daily massacre of innocent civilians” and called for an immediate cease-fire at a UN Human Rights Council special session. The HRC has voted to launch an inquiry into human rights violations in Palestine’s Gaza strip.


Court overrules government on lagoon development joint venture thumbnail

Court overrules government on lagoon development joint venture

An agreement was signed between Prime Capital and the Maldivian government on January 18, 2013 to lease the Fushidhiggaru lagoon for a 50-year period.


Home Minister Umar Naseer’s trial concludes at Criminal Court thumbnail

Home Minister Umar Naseer’s trial concludes at Criminal Court

Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed reportedly said today that a verdict would be delivered at the final hearing. Abdulla Mohamed had taken over the case after Naseer requested a change of judge in letters to both the chief judge and Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz.


Army ordered the use of expired tear gas and pepper spray on protestors, says dismissed captain thumbnail

Army ordered the use of expired tear gas and pepper spray on protestors, says dismissed captain

In the third hearing into an unfair dismissal case, former Captain Abdul Muizz Musthafa said he was fired for refusing to obey unlawful orders, including an order to use expired tear gas and pepper spray on protestors during the presidential polls of November.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories