The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) found that with less than six months before the presidential elections “there are clear signs indicating that the coalition government in power since February 2012 has so far failed to set conditions for free and fair elections in which ‘all parties and leaders are able freely to conduct election campaigns’.”
Independent MP Nasheed’s amendments would see the magistrate court abolished and its cases transferred to the superior courts.
The self-titled ‘Maldives National Movement’, which is comprised of several NGOs and the religious conservative Adhalaath Party, has today announced its intention to hold a special protest on May 3 to raise concerns over the rights of murder victims.
Gulf Cobla was awarded the $11.7 million (MVR 180 million) project, which will include lengthening the airport’s runway, land reclamation to build seaplane terminals, as well as constructing revetments – barricades to prevent aircraft from overshooting the runway – on the reclaimed land.
The Maldivian state has sought a High Court ruling on the President’s discretion to commute death sentences to life imprisonment.
MP Nazim sued the DRP presidential candidate in March 2011 to recover MVR 1.92 million (US$124,513) unpaid from a loan worth MVR 2.55 million (US$200,000).
The amendments to the Import-Export Act submitted by MP Riyaz Rasheed on behalf of the government proposes raising tariffs on a range of items such as liquor, pork, tobacco, perfume, cement, gas and energy drinks.
The Defence Minister declared that soldiers must forgo rights granted to civilians, refrain from politics, and limit their political participation to voting only, as stipulated in the Constitution and military law.
The Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) is in talks with the government to finalise an agreement to construct 22 harbours under a so-called contractor finance policy.