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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.