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Leading Swiss retail group opens training centre for Maldives fisherman thumbnail

Leading Swiss retail group opens training centre for Maldives fisherman

Alongside the International Pole and Line Foundation, Migros will provide long term assistance to help support sustainable fishing methods via its training centre in Laamyu Atoll.


Maldives must stop “retrograde” step towards death penalty: Amnesty International thumbnail

Maldives must stop “retrograde” step towards death penalty: Amnesty International

Following the home minister’s order to proceed with preparations for implementing the death penalty, Amnesty have called the decision a “serious setback for human rights in the country”.


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Cabinet to discuss implementation of death penalty

The cabinet had not discussed implementing the death penalty before Home Minister Umar Naseer ordered the correctional services yesterday to enforce death sentences through lethal injection, the president has revealed.


Too much fish, too little pay: Fishing industry facing rapid state-initiated changes thumbnail

Too much fish, too little pay: Fishing industry facing rapid state-initiated changes

Although government officials describe rising catches and steady prices, local fishermen worry that the growing costs will pose an intolerable increase in the cost of managing fishing vessels. Meanwhile, government pledges of assistance have failed to inspire confidence.


Home Minister Umar Naseer orders preparations for death penalty thumbnail

Home Minister Umar Naseer orders preparations for death penalty

“I order the Maldives Correctional Services to implement the death penalty – as sentenced by the Supreme Court – through the use of lethal injection, and to make all necessary arrangements for the implementation of such sentences,” read the minister’s decree.


Maldives holds Guinness world record for divorce rate thumbnail

Maldives holds Guinness world record for divorce rate

With sex outside of marriage outlawed in the Maldives, cramped living conditions, high rates of domestic violence, and more women entering the workforce may have combined to produce the world’s highest divorce rate – 10.97 divorces per 1000 inhabitants.


Comment: Guest house business – my journey thumbnail

Comment: Guest house business – my journey

We have altogether 20 guest houses in Maafushi now, and 144 rooms…Assuming average duration of stay is 4 days, that’s 17,000 guests per year. With conservative estimates and past revenue records, it is estimated that about $9.7 million will enter the local Maafushi economy.


President Yameen vetoes sexual offences bill thumbnail

President Yameen vetoes sexual offences bill

“The bill containing some provisions that are contrary to Islamic shariah and Islamic principles was among the reasons considered for returning the bill,” the President’s Office said.


Police examining reports of local celebrities’ misconduct in Sri Lankan nightclub thumbnail

Police examining reports of local celebrities’ misconduct in Sri Lankan nightclub

Police are currently “looking into” an mvyouth report on drinking and sexual misconduct of local celebrities, in a Sri Lankan nightclub, though no official investigation has begun.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories