Six MDP MPs received death threats via SMS yesterday, prompting the Maldivian Democratic Party to accuse the current government of sheltering the radicals responsible.
“There were reports of governmental detention, religious intolerance, and restriction of religious freedom. Governmental pressure to conform to a stricter interpretation of Islamic practice increased, particularly in the lead-up to presidential elections,” says US religious freedom report.
A group of 30 people in Malé have held a motorbike rally for the fourth consecutive night calling on the government to ban tourists from Israel.
Three senior staff at Palm Beach Resort in Lhaviyani Atoll have been dismissed after 50 staff staged a strike over alleged discriminatory polices at the resort.
Three men and a woman suffered serious injuries in three separate incidents of street violence in Malé last night. An 18-year-old male was also stabbed in the back on Monday night.
Thirty Israeli tourists were among those who voluntarily left the island of Thulusdhoo yesterday after the destruction of an anti-Israeli placard by an Israeli surfer. Protesters travelling to the island from Malé were detained by police on arrival.
Local news agency Haveeru has claimed President Abdulla Yameen has limited Home Minister Umar Naseer’s powers and claims to have obtained a letter in which Naseer has asked the army for a firearm to defend himself. Naseer and the President’s Office refused to comment on the issue.
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”.
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.