On World Press Freedom Day, the HRCM has called on the state to ease reporter’s access to information.
“The abolition of the death penalty is one of the key objectives of the European Union’s human rights policy worldwide. It is essential for the protection of human dignity, as well as for the progressive development of human rights. The death penalty is cruel and inhumane, and has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime,” EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
Addressing participants of the rally at the conclusion of the walk across the capital, former President Mohamed Nasheed urged the pro-government majority in the 18th People’s Majlis to enact legislation to introduce a minimum wage.
State Minister for Health Fuad Gasim has resigned from the JP council after former President Mohamed Nasheed met Gasim Ibrahim and signalled the MDP’s support for the business tycoon’s bid to become the speaker of the newly-elected 18th People’s Majlis.
A staggering 84 percent of journalists surveyed report being threatened at least once by political parties, gangs, religious extremists, parliamentarians and the government between 2011 and 2013.
“People need to be more outraged. Migrant workers are not of our nationality, but they are human beings. Maldivians need to consider their plight, especially on May Day,” TM’s Aiman Rasheed said.
“The Maldives is now known around the world as a country that doesn’t keep its promises or honour the contracts. The airport fiasco will hit each and every Maldivian because banks won’t lend money and companies won’t invest in our country without demanding much higher rates of interest,” the former president warned.
“Given the state of the Maldivian judiciary, which is also perceived to be highly politicised and corrupt, it is most concerning that as grave a matter as life and death of humans is to be decided by it,” the MDN stated.
The President’s Office has removed pictures of female film stars in revealing clothing from its website after criticism on religious grounds and the ‘hypocritical’ treatment of women arrested from Anbaraa Island.