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Some police officers believe women to blame for domestic violence, says HRCM thumbnail

Some police officers believe women to blame for domestic violence, says HRCM

In a report to the UN CEDAW Committee, the HRCM said that meetings held with police during monitoring visits in the atolls revealed some police officers’ believe violence against women is caused by women failing to fulfill their duty as submissive wives.


Police regulations do not adequately protect constitutional rights, says MDN report thumbnail

Police regulations do not adequately protect constitutional rights, says MDN report

After reviewing the relevant legal framework, Maldivian Democracy Network’s ‘Review of the legal framework of Maldives Police Service’ found “worrying signs of an erosion of the democratic policing framework enshrined in the Constitution”.


Friends of Rilwan hold event to mark missing journalist’s 29th birthday thumbnail

Friends of Rilwan hold event to mark missing journalist’s 29th birthday

‘We haven’t given up on you yet’, ‘You are missed’, ‘Hoping for your safe return’ were just some of the messages posted on a mural outside the Hulhumalé ferry terminal yesterday.


Government announces completion of all tsunami housing units thumbnail

Government announces completion of all tsunami housing units

Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu declared that all 298 housing units in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and Thaa Atoll had been completed after the government assumed control of the repeatedly delayed projects.


Australian Commissioner notes challenges facing police in emerging democracies thumbnail

Australian Commissioner notes challenges facing police in emerging democracies

O’Callaghan told Maldivian police officers that the growth of democracy meant the need for greater accountability and openness within the police force.


New HIV prevention strategy to target injecting drug users, gay men, sex workers thumbnail

New HIV prevention strategy to target injecting drug users, gay men, sex workers

The HPA and SHE have called for the integration of sexual reproductive health services and HIV prevention efforts to reduce the risk of HIV spread among key affected populations.


Islamic Ministry proposes compulsory Zakat in new bill thumbnail

Islamic Ministry proposes compulsory Zakat in new bill

The new bill makes the annual payment compulsory and imposes a jail term of five years or a fine of MVR500,000 for non-compliance. The draft legislation will allow the Islamic Ministry to collect MVR500 million annually, minister Shaheem said.


Charlie Hebdo massacre demonstrates “profound need to counter radicalism,” says President Yameen thumbnail

Charlie Hebdo massacre demonstrates “profound need to counter radicalism,” says President Yameen

In a message of sympathy, Yameen has said the massacre demonstrates “yet again the profound need to counter radicalism, and to promote tolerance and moderation, which are the true values of Islam.”


Teacher’s Association welcomes salary hikes thumbnail

Teacher’s Association welcomes salary hikes

Despite welcoming the education ministry’s decision to increase teacher pay, the Teacher’s Association of Maldives has said the organisation needs to analyse changes to the salary structure to see if demands had been “satisfactorily met”.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories