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  • Minor stabbed in Malé
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.


Assaulted inmate flown to Sri Lanka for medical treatment thumbnail

Assaulted inmate flown to Sri Lanka for medical treatment

The critically injured Maafushi jail inmate, Ibrahim Azar, 23, has been flown to Sri Lanka for treatment. A source familiar with the incident has meanwhile revealed details of the circumstances surrounding the assault that left Azar in a coma.


Fishermen to protest EU fish import policy thumbnail

Fishermen to protest EU fish import policy

Vice President of the chamber of commerce Ismail Asif has said fishermen plan protests against the EU. He also questioned the motives of the observer mission currently in the country.


ARC launches ‘Respect’ campaign against bullying thumbnail

ARC launches ‘Respect’ campaign against bullying

The ‘Respect’ campaign was initiated as a result of a survey conducted by the NGO in 2012, which “showed alarming statistics of bullying in schools”. The programme will begin in Villimalé before being taken to other islands later in the year.


Comment: Equality for women is progress for all thumbnail

Comment: Equality for women is progress for all

“Every woman and girl, regardless of her economic status or where she lives, has equal rights to shape her own future and the future of the country. Human history has shown that women can be, and have been, at the forefront of positive societal advancements,” writes UN Resident Coordinator Dr Akjemal Magtymova.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories