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Law and gender ministry threatens legal action against extremist practices

Legally unrecognised marriages and refusal to vaccinate or send children to school were criminal offences under child protection, family, health, and religious unity laws as well as the penal code, the ministry noted.


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Police deny arresting worshippers at Dharumavantha mosque

“Today the govt acted against radicals but MDP stepped in & helped them spread their message. I thought we were together in this fight,” Home Minister Umar Naseer tweeted on Friday.


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Centre for Law and Democracy suggests Maldives failing to protect journalists

In an open letter to President Abdulla Yameen the Canadian NGO suggested that unsolved attacks on media outlets and the disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan show the Maldives is failing to adhere to human rights obligations.


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Police arrest Imam of unauthorised independent prayer congregation

The suspect was taken into custody on Tuesday night on charges of “attempting to incite religious strife and discord,” said police, and leading prayers without authorisation from the Islamic ministry in violation of the Protection of Religious Unity Act and regulations under the law.


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Allegations of ties between police and terrorist groups harm national interest, says police commissioner

“The commissioner of police said no one who wishes well or wants a good future for the country would speak ill of the public and talk either in the Maldives or abroad in a manner that could render the country’s sound institutions powerless,” reads a news update from the police media.


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Maldives’ human rights developments “disturbing”, says Canadian foreign minister

“The likely kidnapping of a leading local journalist and threats and attacks against other journalists, politicians and activists are particularly disturbing,” said John Baird.


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Nigerian quarantined in Hulhumalé has no symptoms of Ebola, assures health ministry

A Nigerian tourist placed in a quarantine facility at the Hulhumalé hospital does not have a fever, an epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency explained, and could not be considered a suspected Ebola case.


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Individuals named in MDN commissioned investigation file complaints

Police have confirmed that individuals named in a private investigation into the disappearance of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan have filed complaints, alleging fear for personal safety after receiving threats. Rilwan’s friends and colleagues also reported online harassment and threats.


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Nasheed accuses Adhaalath leaders of radicalising youth

“Don’t do this to our youth. Don’t make them do all these vile deeds after picking them out individually and leading them astray,” the opposition leader said at a Maldivian Democratic Party rally in Malé last night.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories