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The culture of silence surrounding suicide in the Maldives thumbnail

The culture of silence surrounding suicide in the Maldives

Authorities admit to a lack of adequate psychological support surrounding suicide, while the media struggles with the dilemma of reporting such incidents due to fear of promoting copycat attempts.


Kulhudhufushi and Fuvamulah hospital staff protest over 10 hour work day thumbnail

Kulhudhufushi and Fuvamulah hospital staff protest over 10 hour work day

Staffs working at Kulhudhufushi Island Hospital in Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Fuvamulah Hospital in Gnaviyani Atoll have held protests over a change in their duty roster that would require them to work overtime.


Campaigns, celebrations and a supposedly vehicle-free evening: Eid in Male’ thumbnail

Campaigns, celebrations and a supposedly vehicle-free evening: Eid in Male’

The Maldives celebrated Fitr Eid on Thursday, August 8 with Eid prayers at the Maafannu stadium, state organised parades, music shows, traditional games and vehicle-free streets.


Witnesses testify against chief suspect Humam in ongoing Afrasheem murder trial thumbnail

Witnesses testify against chief suspect Humam in ongoing Afrasheem murder trial

During the hearing of the trial, Humam also made several statements. He claimed that he was not mentally stable and that he wanted a psychologist to assess him before the trials proceeded.


Police search 1100 expatriate workers in hunt for rapist thumbnail

Police search 1100 expatriate workers in hunt for rapist

Police have searched more than 1100 expatriate workers in an ongoing hunt for a foreign national accused of raping a 19 year-old Maldivian girl in Hulhumale last weekend.


Maldives government terminates Nexbis agreement, gives 14 days to vacate thumbnail

Maldives government terminates Nexbis agreement, gives 14 days to vacate

The Maldives government has terminated its agreement with Malaysian security firm Nexbis to install and operate a border control system, giving it 14 days to vacate.


Four arrested on charges of raping and filming a minor thumbnail

Four arrested on charges of raping and filming a minor

The incident is the third rape to be reported in less than a week.


Met Office issues weather warning, advises against sea travel for next 24 hours thumbnail

Met Office issues weather warning, advises against sea travel for next 24 hours

The Maldives Department of Meteorology (Met Office) has issued a ‘yellow warning’ advising the public against travelling by sea where possible, due to concerns about adverse weather conditions expected across the country for at least the next 24 hours.


President Waheed hands flats to ‘top 50′ police, promises more thumbnail

President Waheed hands flats to ‘top 50′ police, promises more

MDP MP and Spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said it was “very concerning” that police should be given flats exclusively, to the detriment of teachers, doctors and other civilians.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories