A government employee was attacked after he and his friends were accused of being non-Muslim and gay. News of this incident follows further reports of abductions in the capital Malé as vigilante group pursue online secularists.
The Maldives government has proposed amending laws enacted under the country’s outdated constitution in order to ensure rights guaranteed by the current constitution are enshrined in old laws.
“I sincerely appeal to you not to force us to have the minister placed under detention and presented to court,” presiding Judge Abdulla Didi told Umar Naseer’s lawyer in court today.
Vigilante mobs have abducted, interrogated and threatened young men in Malé City in to identify online activists advocating secularism or professing atheism, Minivan News has learned.
Religious extremists abducted young people, blindfolded them, took them to remote locations against their will, and threatened them with death for alleged irreligious acts, says the MDP.
Two parks developed by the Malé City Council have become the latest in a list of council lands be taken over by the Housing Ministry, although the council has claimed it was not informed of the decision.
After the recent announcement that all species of ray have been placed on the Maldives’ protected species list, local environmental NGO Ecocare has suggested that government does not have the capacity to enforce the new measures.
Adhaalath Party MP Anara Naeem has submitted an amendment to the Disability Act to raise the monthly allowance provided by the state to persons with special needs from MVR2,000 (US$150) to MVR5,000 (US$324).
“It would be highlighted as harmful and dangerous days in the Maldivian Islamic history. Therefore, this should not even be allowed under Maldivian laws,” said the Islamic NGO.