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  • Survey team for Malé-Hulhulé bridge arrives in Maldives
  • Maldivian judge re-elected for second term on UN anti-torture subcommittee
  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
Maldives to begin oil exploration with assistance of research vessel thumbnail

Maldives to begin oil exploration with assistance of research vessel

Having journeyed to the Maldives to study the effects of global warming, the ‘Sonne’ will assist the government in a seismic survey for potential sources of oil and gas in the waters east of Laamu atoll.


Laamu Gan residents hold demonstrations over inadequate sewage system thumbnail

Laamu Gan residents hold demonstrations over inadequate sewage system

The system is located in the new settlement of the tsunami-displaced population that moved to Gan in 2007. After years of neglect the FENAKA Corporation took over maintenance of the system last month.


PPM MPs to hold secret vote on health minister reappointment thumbnail

PPM MPs to hold secret vote on health minister reappointment

The ruling party’s MPs have voted to decide the parliamentary group’s stand on reappointing Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela through a secret ballot after several members expressed dissatisfaction with her performance.


JSC demotes High Court Chief Judge Shareef to Juvenile Court thumbnail

JSC demotes High Court Chief Judge Shareef to Juvenile Court

Shareef was suspended in May 2013 while hearing a case filed by former President Nasheed contesting the legitimacy of the bench in Nasheed’s trial for the allegedly illegal detention of Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.


Death threats lead to self-censorship, says Reporters Without Borders thumbnail

Death threats lead to self-censorship, says Reporters Without Borders

“The authorities have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists. This includes arresting those responsible for these threats. The authorities must end the culture of intimidation and impunity by ceasing to turn a blind eye to abuses by the rival gangs,” said RSF.


Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack thumbnail

Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack

An anonymous witness told the Criminal Court today that two suspects in the attack “looked very similar” to the men they saw fleeing the scene. Asward blames the uncertainty on an 18 month delay in prosecution.


GMR failed to conduct political risk assessment prior to investing, says President Yameen thumbnail

GMR failed to conduct political risk assessment prior to investing, says President Yameen

“At a time when you had a very heightened political environment in Maldives, at a time when the parliament was polarised, it was a pity that political risk assessment was not undertaken by GMR,” said President Abdulla Yameen.


Five police brutality cases from February 2012 ongoing at court, AG tells Majlis thumbnail

Five police brutality cases from February 2012 ongoing at court, AG tells Majlis

MDP MP Eva Abdulla today questioned Attorney General Mohamed Anil about the implementation of recommendations by CoNI regarding acts of police brutality on February 6, 7, and 8, 2012.


Evacuation of Israelis demonstrates radical’s threat to guesthouse tourism thumbnail

Evacuation of Israelis demonstrates radical’s threat to guesthouse tourism

Anti-Israeli protests led to the emptying of several guest houses on Thulusdhoo and the cancellation of bookings, while nearby resorts have called off excursions. Can vigilante actions by a small group of radicals pose serious risks for the emerging guest house sector?


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories