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JSC member Sheikh Rahman criticises JSC decisions on Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court in parliament committee thumbnail

JSC member Sheikh Rahman criticises JSC decisions on Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court in parliament committee

“I think it is all becoming very clear now. MDP’s competitor Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) prospective presidential candidate Abdulla Yameen’s close friend and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Nazim’s former lawyer Ahmed Saleem is in the JSC as Waheed’s appointee. He is working from inside there to eliminate the candidacy of Mohamed Nasheed,” alleged MP Ali Waheed.


Past and current presidents call for national rethink on gender rights thumbnail

Past and current presidents call for national rethink on gender rights

The Maldives’ former and current presidents have highlighted the importance of gender equality to national development on the occasion of International World Women’s Day on March 8.


Luxury eco-resort embroiled in “green-washing” dispute with “extortionist” NGO thumbnail

Luxury eco-resort embroiled in “green-washing” dispute with “extortionist” NGO

Exclusive luxury resort Soneva Fushi is embroiled in an increasingly hostile dispute with Biosphere Expeditions, an international environmental conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO), over allegations of grant contract breaching and “green-washing”.


Indian Prime Minister calls for “free, fair and credible” elections in the Maldives thumbnail

Indian Prime Minister calls for “free, fair and credible” elections in the Maldives

“There should be free and fair elections, with an inclusive process, with all people participating in the process of electing the new President. I sincerely hope that the government and people of Maldives will overcome this atmosphere of crisis and uncertainty,” said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Translation: PPM MP Abdulla Yameen’s testimony to CoNI thumbnail

Translation: PPM MP Abdulla Yameen’s testimony to CoNI

The PPM MP and half brother of former President Gayoom, Abdulla Yameen, told the Commission of National Inquiry of his meeting with Indian High Commissioner D M Mulay as a police mutiny unfolded on February 7, 2012.


JSC Chair refuses to be answerable to parliamentary oversight committee thumbnail

JSC Chair refuses to be answerable to parliamentary oversight committee

“From what I know, only three commission members attended the meeting where this decision was made. That doesn’t even meet the minimum required quorum to make a decision,” JSC Vice Chair Didi stated.


Attorney general challenges Political Parties Act in Supreme Court thumbnail

Attorney general challenges Political Parties Act in Supreme Court

Deputy Solicitor General Ahmed Usham said enactment of the Political Parties Act meant political parties that do not have the required number of members would be dissolved without any transitional period.


Government appoints attorney general as acting human rights minister thumbnail

Government appoints attorney general as acting human rights minister

A government spokesperson today declined to speculate on the reason for reappointing the role of acting gender minister, stating only that there was “not much time” and limited resources at the government’s disposal to “get its house in order”.


“No reason” to delay trial for just four weeks, says Nasheed thumbnail

“No reason” to delay trial for just four weeks, says Nasheed

During the hearing on Wednesday, state prosecutors said they did not object to delaying the trial until the scheduled presidential elections are over.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories