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The Maldives government has proposed amending laws enacted under the country’s outdated constitution in order to ensure rights guaranteed by the current constitution are enshrined in old laws.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