“The effort is not consistent and that is why we are not seeing real change here. We have not seen change since our 2009 report and in the periodic reviews since then,” said HRCM member Jeehan Mahmoud, while the PG confirmed no traffickers had been prosecuted.
“The day was similar to when the Portuguese tried to force alcohol down the throats of Maldivians. Bodu Thakurufaanu and his allies had come to Male’ and saved the country then. February 8 was about to become a day like this, but the people saved the country by toppling Nasheed on February 7,”: Umar Naseer.
The number of eligible voters currently stands at 240,302 – 31,008 more than the number of eligible voters in the 2008 presidential elections (209,294).
The former president, who is currently out of the country, was due to attend the second court hearing regarding the controversial detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.
The 36 year-old MP said it was a trait of “human nature” to always seek higher positions, and that he was no different.
Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid tweeted that the police officers who went to arrest his brother violated the sanctity of his house and entered his parent’s bedroom.
Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim has said police and military figures should not be held accountable for injuries sustained by members of the public on February 8, 2012, as they were not sustained “from being at home”.
“What we’re seeing today, and it is with sadness I say this, is the current government failing. The institutions are now incapable,” said MP Abdulla Yameen, President of the government-aligned Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM).
“I believe protests will become more aggressive in future. people are fed up of the blatant impunity with which the police operate,” said MDP Spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor.