Azra Naseem argues that public reaction to the news that a 14-year-old had given birth for the second time speaks volumes about the level of religious radicalisation prevalent in the Maldives today.
“This smuggling of people is done by garnering a lot of financial aid. People smuggling has become a huge business globally. We must do all necessary to inhibit people smuggling through the Maldives,” said Mohamed Nazim.
Noting a rise in serious crimes committed by youth offenders, commission said it was “unacceptable” for adults to encourage vulnerable youth into crime while evading the legal repercussions.
A State Department report noted the Maldivian government believes that funds are being raised in the country to support terrorism abroad, and expressed concern over the activities of “a small number of local violent extremists involved with transnational terrorist groups.”
The Ministry of Health has formulated new guidelines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child with health officials warning of an HIV “time bomb” that could “explode at any time.”
“I am very happy. Not just because I won the award, but because the Media Council has introduced such an award for the first time. This is a very important step and an encouragement for new journalists,” Journalist of the Year Fazeena Ahmed told Minivan News.
The Maldives Broadcasting Corporation heavily criticised a report by the Broadcasting Commission on television prime time coverage of last year’s presidential election campaign, calling on the broadcasting regulator to revise “misleading” elements of the report.
“The abolition of the death penalty is one of the key objectives of the European Union’s human rights policy worldwide. It is essential for the protection of human dignity, as well as for the progressive development of human rights. The death penalty is cruel and inhumane, and has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime,” EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
“Given the state of the Maldivian judiciary, which is also perceived to be highly politicised and corrupt, it is most concerning that as grave a matter as life and death of humans is to be decided by it,” the MDN stated.