The bill – accepted with a slim majority – would criminalise any calls for a boycott, the supporting or endorsing of a boycott, participation in a tourism boycott, or any act that would incite fear amongst tourists who visit the Maldives.
“If the court is held in contempt, action will be taken,” Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain warned yesterday, following a Supreme Court ordered investigation of opposition-aligned broadcaster Raajje TV for airing a report criticising the judiciary.
Last week’s Global Gender Gap index reveals that, whilst women in the Maldives are close to parity in terms of health and education, large disparities remain between the sexes in the economic and political sectors.
“The Elections Commission of Maldives calls upon all friends of democracy to help us deliver a free, fair, transparent and inclusive Presidential Election as scheduled on 9 November 2013”, said the commission, which has released a statement recounting the events preceding the latest attempt to hold the presidential election.
Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder of 350.org Will Bates argues that former President Nasheed’s efforts to raise climate change awareness in a democratic environment can continue to provide an example to others as the IPCC’s most recent findings confirm that urgent action is needed the world-over.
The National Drug Agency has issued a statement warning people of a strong illicit drug in Male’ that is made by mixing different types of controlled prescribed drugs with illicit drugs. Its usage can result in harmful side effects including seizures and death.
After the reluctance of politicians to sign the register resulted in the delay of the previous poll, the Elections Commission Vice Chair Ahmed Fayaz noted that candidates will be given a specific time period to sign the voter registry, after which the commission will continue with the election.
Non-violent direct action protests have swept the nation following the further delaying of the presidential election on Saturday October 19. Pro-democracy demonstrations have been reported throughout the atolls, with the largest crowds gathering along Male’s Majeedhee Magu to sit, smoke, play games and listen to music whilst campaigning for their right to vote.
“The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) urges political parties to prioritise national interest and support the elections commission in this difficult moment to hold the presidential election as scheduled. We call on as many citizens as possible to go out to vote and not to obstruct the vote,” the commission declared today.