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  • Gender ministry explains 5-year delay in child abuse register
Thousands rally in Male’ for MDP’s eighth anniversary and carnival parade thumbnail

Thousands rally in Male’ for MDP’s eighth anniversary and carnival parade

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) celebrated their eighth anniversary with thousands of people participating in last night’s rally, with spectators lining the streets of the capital.


Two-thirds of Maldivians back moratorium on flogging: survey thumbnail

Two-thirds of Maldivians back moratorium on flogging: survey

The survey, the first of its kind to be conducted in the Maldives, also found an “overwhelming” 92 percent of Maldivians believe that laws and systems to protect women from sexual assault should be reformed.


Former President Nasheed calls on MDP to vacate ‘Usfasgandu’ in favour of meeting halls thumbnail

Former President Nasheed calls on MDP to vacate ‘Usfasgandu’ in favour of meeting halls

The MDP said intended to head off potential confrontations with police and instead focus on local campaigning through the establishment of ‘jagaha’ (meeting halls) across the Maldives.


Police to hire 75 civil assistants as non-uniformed personnel thumbnail

Police to hire 75 civil assistants as non-uniformed personnel

A police media official explained to Minivan News today that the MPS planned to assign all administrative work to civil staff and free up “uniformed police officers for operations.” The new police staff will cost the state MVR 426,300 (US$27,645) a month and MVR 5.1 million (US$330,739) a year.


Seven islanders to be charged for assault of Indian teacher on Kumundhoo thumbnail

Seven islanders to be charged for assault of Indian teacher on Kumundhoo

Police alleged that on May 14 the group entered the island school of Kumundhoo and assaulted the teacher while he was inside a classroom teaching.


Comment: Drug abuse prevention saves lives and cuts costs thumbnail

Comment: Drug abuse prevention saves lives and cuts costs

It is unacceptable for us to think that we can ignore the drug problem and it will just go away. Our focus needs to shift from simply strengthening treatment to implementing a strong evidence-based prevention strategy, writes drugs rehabilitation NGO Journey.


Police arrest Bangladeshi man following raid of Thinadhoo restaurant thumbnail

Police arrest Bangladeshi man following raid of Thinadhoo restaurant

Police have arrested a 30 year-old Bangladeshi national in connection the discovery of a large quantity of illegal narcotics stashed inside a restaurant on Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.


Maldives given final chance to avoid tier 3 in human trafficking report, face possible sanctions thumbnail

Maldives given final chance to avoid tier 3 in human trafficking report, face possible sanctions

The Maldives will be automatically downgraded to tier 3 in next year’s US State Department’s Human Trafficking report without substantial action.


Group disrupts MDP rally in Henveiru thumbnail

Group disrupts MDP rally in Henveiru

The group was “actively trying to incite violence”, claimed MDP Spokesperson and MP Hamid Abdul Ghafoor. “We suspect the [rival parties] paid the children.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories