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Interschool theatre festival demonstrates youth awareness of human rights issues

Seven schools participated in the first event of its kind, organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives. The winning entry highlighted the plight of migrant workers.


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Maldives backtracking on democracy, warns MP Imthiyaz Fahmy

MDP MP Imthiyaz Fahmy delivered a lecture titled ‘The Maldives backtracking on democracy: human rights violations, impunity, and increasing religious extremism’ at the University of Western Australia on Friday.


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Government uses gangs for its ends, alleges former President Nashed

“I am not necessarily saying that senior government ministers used gangs to make Rilwan disappear or torch the MDP [office] or sent [death threats via] texts. But senior government officials are using gangs for many other things,” said Nasheed.


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Foreign ministry, US embassy, international organisations condemn attack on Minivan News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US embassy in Colombo, and international press freedom organisations have issued statements condemning the attack on the Minivan News office.


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MDP office set on fire amid escalating tension

The arson attack follows vandalism of the main opposition party’s office for two consecutive nights and numerous death threat texts sent from unlisted numbers to MDP MPs, senior members, and journalists.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories