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First round of new presidential election scheduled for October 19, with one day for re-registration thumbnail

First round of new presidential election scheduled for October 19, with one day for re-registration

Presidential candidates who ran in the first round of polling September 7 will not be asked to re-file their candidacy and no new candidates will be allowed to compete in the election, the EC Secretary General told local media.


Elections Commission consults with government over re-scheduled presidential election thumbnail

Elections Commission consults with government over re-scheduled presidential election

Independent Institutions Committee member Hamid Abdul Ghafoor described the Supreme Court’s verdict demanding fresh elections before October 20 as “incomprehensible”, and “technically and logistically not possible”.


Military deploys soldiers to protect Maldives media after arson attack thumbnail

Military deploys soldiers to protect Maldives media after arson attack

The MNDF said that rather than being a reaction to a specific threat, the military had decided to assign officers to guard a number of media stations immediately following the arson attack that destroyed Raajje’s offices in Male’ this morning.


Domestic fears of “inadequate” child protection linger as Maldives co-sponsors 22 UN rights resolutions thumbnail

Domestic fears of “inadequate” child protection linger as Maldives co-sponsors 22 UN rights resolutions

The Foreign Ministry said the Maldives has co-sponsored 22 resolutions relating to civil and human rights at this year’s UN Human Rights Council, despite lingering concerns over “inadequate” child protection measures employed domestically by successive governments.


Human Rights Commission condemns government’s “intimidation” of NGOs thumbnail

Human Rights Commission condemns government’s “intimidation” of NGOs

The HRCM has written to the Home Ministry urging it to refrain from “unlawful sanctions” that would prevent such groups from their protecting human rights. The commission has also met with the police service after allegations of the misuse of strip searches following recent political protests.


Gayoom urges authorities to expedite justice in ‘politically motivated’ Afrasheem murder thumbnail

Gayoom urges authorities to expedite justice in ‘politically motivated’ Afrasheem murder

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has this week said there could be no doubt that the murder of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Dr Afrasheem Ali was a politically motivated attack, while calling for justice to be expedited against his alleged attackers.


Maldives customs workers suspend strike, give management one week to meet demands thumbnail

Maldives customs workers suspend strike, give management one week to meet demands

Customs workers are aggrieved about senior staff engaging in discriminatory, nepotistic practices, that have led to inequitable promotions, retirement packages, and training opportunities, multiple customs workers told Minivan News today.


MACL denies imminent strike action by air traffic controllers, as staff allege pay and safety concerns thumbnail

MACL denies imminent strike action by air traffic controllers, as staff allege pay and safety concerns

Air traffic controllers in the Maldives say they are building up to a full work stoppage over ongoing grievances and safety concerns left unaddressed by the current government. Such strikes could lead to delays and disruption of flights to the luxury tourism destination, that welcomes almost one million tourists a year.


Four additional cases sent to state prosecutors over Afrasheem murder thumbnail

Four additional cases sent to state prosecutors over Afrasheem murder

Police have forwarded cases of four additional individuals to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) for their alleged involvement in the murder of MP Dr Afrasheem Ali last year – taking the total number of suspects facing charges over the attack to seven.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories