“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.
The President’s Office has removed pictures of female film stars in revealing clothing from its website after criticism on religious grounds and the ‘hypocritical’ treatment of women arrested from Anbaraa Island.
“We urge the Government to retain its moratorium on the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, particularly in cases that involve juvenile offenders and to work towards abolishing the practice altogether,” an ONCHR spokesperson said
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.