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Minivan News journalist among RSF’s 100 information heroes

The RSF commends Mariyath’s coverage of the growing influence of radical Islamist groups in the Maldives in the aftermath of the controversial transfer of power in February 2012.


Malé night market to continue despite alleged corruption thumbnail

Malé night market to continue despite alleged corruption

The Malé City Council said the ACC has not conducted a proper investigation into the council’s agreement with GoMedia and said the ACC is not authorized to terminate a contract as per a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling.


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Police release 44 arrested from Anbaara

After the release of 44 individuals last night, there are currently 32 men in police custody. Female detainees who were transferred to house arrest have now been released.


Red Bull reveals plans for ‘Catch the Ferry’ road race thumbnail

Red Bull reveals plans for ‘Catch the Ferry’ road race

The RBCF road race will see participants compete in a 12.6km race across Malé, Hulhumalé and Vilingili on May 31. Participants will need to catch ferries between islands.


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Parliament passes sexual harassment and sexual offences bills

Opposition MP Rozaina Adam – chair of the committee that evaluated the sexual harassment bill – told Minivan News that while the passage of the legislation was a positive step, there was still a lot of work to be done on combating the internalised effects of sexual harassment.


Fatwas against registering marriages a huge challenge: Family Court chief judge thumbnail

Fatwas against registering marriages a huge challenge: Family Court chief judge

Fatwas claiming that registering marriages at the court is unnecessary and un-Islamic are posing serious challenges to the Family Court, Chief Judge Hassan Saeed has said, suggesting the formation of an official state institution to issue fatwas.


Oil exploration attracts investors at Singapore investment forum thumbnail

Oil exploration attracts investors at Singapore investment forum

The Maldives has received interest from investment partners in oil exploration, with one investor scheduled to visit the country in the coming weeks for discussions, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Mohamed Shainee has said.


“The authorities arrived in a wave of terror”, says eyewitnesses of Anbaraa arrests thumbnail

“The authorities arrived in a wave of terror”, says eyewitnesses of Anbaraa arrests

Witnesses and sources close to the events have stated that police threatened extreme violence and sexual assault after using stun grenades and tazers during the raid of the two-day music festival. One witness reported detainees spending 13 hours in handcuffs.


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Government plans massive operation to deport undocumented workers

“Within three to four months the whole Malé will be cleaned,” said the Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim – also in charge of the Immigration Department. “They can’t live in Malé. When I say this, it will happen – I am not just saying it.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories