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News in Brief

  • Terrorism trials begin for over 80 individuals from Thinadhoo
  • Hawaiian company acquires resort in Maldives
  • Velezinee barred from Supreme Court trial
Commissioner and home minister voice concerns about difficulties facing police thumbnail

Commissioner and home minister voice concerns about difficulties facing police

Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer welcomed constructive criticism of the police force, but argued that the incitement of hatred against the service only encourages criminals. Both Naseer and Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed spoke at the Maldives Police Service’s 81st anniversary celebrations.


Lighting the way: Youth and the environment thumbnail

Lighting the way: Youth and the environment

Yesterday’s Earth Hour was observed by many young Maldivians, in both official and unofficial events. Local youth-led NGO Dhi Youth Movement has, however, asked whether young people are being adequately equipped to continue the fight for environmental sustainability after the hour is up.


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Government proposes abolishing Women’s Development Committees

The government has proposed an amendment to the Decentralisation Act to replace the mandatory committees – designed to promote the social and economic development of local women – with four advisory committees.


Week in review: March 22 – 29 thumbnail

Week in review: March 22 – 29

The Progressive Coalition’s clear victory in the Majlis elections was interpreted as rejection of the opposition MDP’s ideology and foreign interference, while numerous observers decried the ‘money politics’ and Supreme Court decisions as having negatively affecting the electoral landscape.


Ongoing strike at Vilu Reef resort sees 18 staff fired thumbnail

Ongoing strike at Vilu Reef resort sees 18 staff fired

Following a protest involving around 50 staff members presenting a petition reportedly signed by 153 employees, 18 were dismissed – some being given just one hour to vacate the premises.


Immigration department boosts efforts to curb undocumented workers thumbnail

Immigration department boosts efforts to curb undocumented workers

Deputy CEO of Immigration Abdulla Munaz reveals the enhanced measures taken to check the rise in undocumented workers, as well as detailing the apparent success of the voluntary repatriation programme which has seen over 4000 illegal workers leave the country since December.


Police Commissioner urges all officers to be patient with inmates thumbnail

Police Commissioner urges all officers to be patient with inmates

Hussain Waheed has warned that action will be taken against any police officers found guilty of mistreating detainees, urging all officers to make use of the training provided to treat prisoners in accordance with local and international law.


Majlis elections: Supreme Court’s actions overshadowed polls, say international observers thumbnail

Majlis elections: Supreme Court’s actions overshadowed polls, say international observers

Presenting the findings of their respective observer missions today, both the EU and the Commonwealth groups noted that, despite orderly polls, the elections period had been negatively affected by the dismissal of senior EC members just two weeks prior to voting.


Sharuan returns baby to its mother in presence of police thumbnail

Sharuan returns baby to its mother in presence of police

After the High Court upheld a Family Court ruling last week, the five-month-old child of Ahmed Sharuan and German national Tanja Gab Pradel Sharuan has been returned to the mother in the presence of police.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories