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News in Brief

  • 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
MATATO expresses concern over airport outsourcing deal thumbnail

MATATO expresses concern over airport outsourcing deal

The Maldives Association of Travel and Tourism Operators warned of harm to both customers and local businesses should an exclusive deal to outsource private terminals and aeronautical services at INIA go ahead.


SEZ bill designed to incentivise investment, says Economic Development Minister thumbnail

SEZ bill designed to incentivise investment, says Economic Development Minister

According to draft legislation, investors in nine zones across the country will be exempt from paying many import duties as well as business profit tax, withholding tax, and GST for a 10-year period. The government hopes the move can lessen the nation’s dependence on tourism.


Maldives discusses intolerance, Syria, Palestine, and women’s rights at the UN Human Rights Council thumbnail

Maldives discusses intolerance, Syria, Palestine, and women’s rights at the UN Human Rights Council

The Maldives delegation discussed the human rights issues affecting Syria and Palestine, and noted its ongoing commitment to women’s rights, as well as thanking outgoing High Commissioner Navi Pillay for her service.


Perceived atheists and homosexuals targetted as campaign of attacks continues thumbnail

Perceived atheists and homosexuals targetted as campaign of attacks continues

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.


Government proposes amendments to old laws to ensure protection of rights thumbnail

Government proposes amendments to old laws to ensure protection of rights

The Maldives government has proposed amending laws enacted under the country’s outdated constitution in order to ensure rights guaranteed by the current constitution are enshrined in old laws.


Home Minister fails to attend court, leaves on official trip to source sniffer dogs, body scanners thumbnail

Home Minister fails to attend court, leaves on official trip to source sniffer dogs, body scanners

“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 abduct young men in push to identify online secular activists thumbnail

Vigilante mobs abduct young men in push to identify online secular activists

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 abducting youth for “irreligious acts,” says MDP thumbnail

Religious extremists abducting youth for “irreligious acts,” says MDP

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.


City and Fini Park taken by Housing Ministry, council not informed thumbnail

City and Fini Park taken by Housing Ministry, council not informed

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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories