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  • Assault victim’s leg amputated
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MDP questions sincerity of Islamic minister’s stance on ISIS thumbnail

MDP questions sincerity of Islamic minister’s stance on ISIS

“ISIS is an extremist group. No space will be given for their ideology and activities in the Maldives,” Shaheem tweeted on Sunday night.


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Vnews editor receives SMS death threat after accusations of assault

“If you keep behaving however you like, we will make you disappear, we will behead you. Keep that in mind [expletive],” read the anonymous text message, received moments after an MJA meeting in which Haleem was accused of assault.


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Comment: #findmoyaameehaa

“Thursday night, two weeks ago, was the last time anyone saw Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla, 28-year-old journalist, blogger, human rights advocate and all-round great person,” writes Azra Naseem. “A lot—yet nothing—has happened since Rizwan was reported missing to the Maldives Police Service on 13 August.”


Government reaffirms commitment to protect migrant workers thumbnail

Government reaffirms commitment to protect migrant workers

Speaking at the ‘Workshop on Migration Processes and Policies in the Maldives’ held yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon emphasised the importance of addressing the gaps in the law regarding foreign workers.


Maldives’ economy hardest hit by climate change: Asian Development Bank thumbnail

Maldives’ economy hardest hit by climate change: Asian Development Bank

The report on climate and economics in South Asia released today said that the Maldives had the most to benefit from mitigation efforts, reducing economic losses caused from potential sea-level rises by more than two thirds.


Maldivians not allowed to express or assemble freely: Maldivian Democracy Network thumbnail

Maldivians not allowed to express or assemble freely: Maldivian Democracy Network

“The people of Maldives are not allowed to express or assemble freely, which is a fundamental right they are taking away from them,” argued Shahinda Ismail, urging changes to the freedom of association laws.


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China lends Maldives 100 million Yuan as free aid

An additional agreement was made to provide the Maldives Police Service with 150 motorcycles, while the grant aid – equivalent to MVR250 million or US$16 million – is to be used for developmental projects in the Maldives.


Juvenile Court orders gender ministry to assume custody of a minor thumbnail

Juvenile Court orders gender ministry to assume custody of a minor

The Juvenile Court has released an unprecedented order on the Ministry of Law and Gender to assume custody of a minor whose parents were seen to be unfit to take guardianship of him.


Slow Loris spared euthanasia by UK conservationist group thumbnail

Slow Loris spared euthanasia by UK conservationist group

“This has never been done before, to move endangered species overseas from the Maldives. This has been an amazing, unprecedented international effort,” Dr Alison Cronin, Director of Monkey World told press.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories