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Malé City Council to bring back 24 hour shops and cafes thumbnail

Malé City Council to bring back 24 hour shops and cafes

Malé city council has passed a unanimous decision to bring back 24 hours shops and cafes in the city. While the economic ministry has suggested that the government still supports to maintain the ban on such businesses, city council has said the issue will be discussed with the ministry.


Kudahuvadhoo islanders spotted low-flying mystery aircraft in hours after MH370 disappearance thumbnail

Kudahuvadhoo islanders spotted low-flying mystery aircraft in hours after MH370 disappearance

Numerous witnesses have reported a large low-flying plane flying in a south-easterly direction on the morning of March 8, prompting speculation that they may have seen the missing Malaysian aircraft. Other witnesses and local aviation sources maintain that there is no “credible” evidence that it was MH370.


Innamaadhoo island council asks Islamic Ministry to take action against Sheikh Shameem thumbnail

Innamaadhoo island council asks Islamic Ministry to take action against Sheikh Shameem

The complaint was filed against the controversial preacher after he conducted an unauthorised religious sermon. The council president has argued that the political nature of the sermon caused unrest among locals.


High Court issues injunction against Family Court order to return child to mother thumbnail

High Court issues injunction against Family Court order to return child to mother

After having filed an appeal against the Family Court’s order to return his five month old child to its Swiss mother, Ahmed Sharuvan presented a High Court’s temporary injunction to police yesterday. The baby remains in the father’s custody.


Torture in detention increasing, says Human Rights Commission thumbnail

Torture in detention increasing, says Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission’s annual report for 2013 has indicated that incidents of torture in detention are increasing in the Maldives. While 77 cases of torture have been filed with the commission, a number of additional issues were noticed during visits to detention centers.


Vandals attack campaign offices of Majlis speaker thumbnail

Vandals attack campaign offices of Majlis speaker

“It was more than damage, it was an attempt to intimidate,” said Maldivian Democratic Party candidate Abdulla Shahid, declaring that he “would not back down” in the face of “intimidation”. The offices of independent candidate Hassan Mamdhooh were also attacked.


“Huge support” for halal certification, says Islamic Ministry thumbnail

“Huge support” for halal certification, says Islamic Ministry

Contrary to media reports of a lack of interest from local companies, the ministry has said that the Halal fish certification has received great support. The move is intended to open up new markets for the Maldives’ biggest export.


New network launched to support the rights of disabled children thumbnail

New network launched to support the rights of disabled children

Child Advocacy Network of Disability Organisations – CAN DO – will aim to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Maldives Disability Act by improving access to information, raising awareness, conducting training, and enhancing early detection and intervention.


Juvenile Court postpones order to summon HRCM members thumbnail

Juvenile Court postpones order to summon HRCM members

The court has postponed summoning members of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives after the commission informed its members were unable to attend. They have been requested to clarify the details of a report which the court alleges misled the public with regard to its work.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories