“Conservative beliefs that promote women as inferior to men are being spread at an alarming level. Many women believe that their role in society is to be submissive wives and in raising children. There are roughly 400 children being withheld from attending school by their parents due to religious beliefs,” the report stated.
Three Bangladeshi men are on trial at the Criminal Court in the first criminal prosecution for human trafficking in the Maldives since the enactment of Anti-Human Trafficking Act in December.
“Judicial system is controlled and influenced by the Supreme Court, weakening judicial powers vested in other superior courts and lower courts,” the Human Rights Commission contended.
Eight MoUs – including the promotion of the Malé-Hulhulé bridge construction – and a preliminary contract for the development of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport were signed as Xi Jinpeng became the first Chinese President to visit the Maldives.
“The positive developments in the TATA Housing project would definitely encourage more such investments from Indian businesses into Maldives,” read statement praising the resumption of the stalled project.
“Radical Islam is getting very, very strong in the Maldives. Their strength in the military and in the police is very significant. They have people in strategic positions within both. Of the 200 people who have gone to jihad, the vast majority are ex-military,” Nasheed told the UK Independent newspaper.
In an op-ed published ahead of a state visit to Maldives today, Xi called on Maldives “to get actively involved” in the creation of a 21st century maritime silk road linking China to the east coast of Africa and the Mediterranean.
“Two development projects in the Maldives that are funded by the Chinese Government and implemented by Chinese corporations will also be launched jointly by the two presidents,” said the President’s Office.
“I do want to note the importance of a census. But when we do not know what happens to Maldivians, when citizens have been disappeared, I do not believe we should proceed with a census,” said Maldivian Democratic Party Vice President Shifaz.