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  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
President Yameen pledges 24-hours electricity to all inhabited islands during 2015 thumbnail

President Yameen pledges 24-hours electricity to all inhabited islands during 2015

Round the clock electricity service will be provided to all inhabited islands by mid-2015, President Abdulla Yameen pledged at a ceremony held last night to inaugurate the distribution of 77 generators by government utility company Fenaka to the atolls.


Rilwan’s family call on police to follow up on issues highlighted by private investigation thumbnail

Rilwan’s family call on police to follow up on issues highlighted by private investigation

“Since the report publicized on September 22, 2014 is independent without the family or any others’ involvement, I call on the Maldives Police Services to investigate the issues highlighted on the report without delay,” said the mother of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan.


UPR report shared with judiciary before submission, says HRCM at Supreme Court trial thumbnail

UPR report shared with judiciary before submission, says HRCM at Supreme Court trial

The Department of Judicial Administration – which functions under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court – did not respond to the request for commentary on the report, the HRCM lawyer noted at the first hearing of the trial today.


Police label MDN investigation “politically motivated”, MDN defends report thumbnail

Police label MDN investigation “politically motivated”, MDN defends report

While police have pledged to take action against those involved in compiling the “irresponsible” report, the Maldivian Democracy Network has argued that all details included were already in the public domain.


Nasheed accuses Adhaalath leaders of radicalising youth thumbnail

Nasheed accuses Adhaalath leaders of radicalising youth

“Don’t do this to our youth. Don’t make them do all these vile deeds after picking them out individually and leading them astray,” the opposition leader said at a Maldivian Democratic Party rally in Malé last night.


Participation in Silk Road initiative would threaten Indian Ocean security, contends Nasheed thumbnail

Participation in Silk Road initiative would threaten Indian Ocean security, contends Nasheed

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has suggested that participation in the Chinese project would risk drawing the Maldives into wider security conflicts, a situation previously avoided by Maldivian leaders.


Supreme Court case against HRCM undermining commission’s mandate, says MDP thumbnail

Supreme Court case against HRCM undermining commission’s mandate, says MDP

“[B]y initiating a suo moto, the Supreme Court is undermining the responsibilities vested by the Maldivian Constitution and international conventions on the independent commission,” said the Maldivian Democratic Party.


MDN investigation implicates radicalised gangs in Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

MDN investigation implicates radicalised gangs in Rilwan’s disappearance

The report confirmed evidence of possible “hostile surveillance” at the terminal conducted by two known affiliates of the Kuda Henveiru gang. It also suggested a “strong possibility” that Rilwan was abducted by a gang motivated by Islamic extremism.


Supreme Court initiates suo moto proceedings against Human Rights Commission thumbnail

Supreme Court initiates suo moto proceedings against Human Rights Commission

The court will begin suo moto proceedings against the HRCM on Wednesday in relation to the submission of a report last week for the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories