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  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
Special Operations (SO) officers stationed permanently on Thinadhoo thumbnail

Special Operations (SO) officers stationed permanently on Thinadhoo

The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has decided to station officers of the Special Operations (SO) command in the island of Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaal atoll.


Maldives failing to uphold international human rights obligations: Forum Asia thumbnail

Maldives failing to uphold international human rights obligations: Forum Asia

“We hope that the PIC and the security forces will work together to ensure they are able to resort to reasonable and internationally accepted means while engaging with assemblies,” said Forum Asia’s South Asian Programme Officer Gayatri Khandhadai. “Similarly we hope that all protesters also resort to peaceful and democratic means while exercising their right to assembly.”


Religious advice should not involve political interest, says Nasheed thumbnail

Religious advice should not involve political interest, says Nasheed

The former President yesterday launched a second volume of Dhivehi translation and interpretations of Sahih Muslim’s Hadiths by former State Minister for Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Hussain Rasheed Ahmed.


Maldives facing widespread child prostitution, sexual abuse: clinical psychologist thumbnail

Maldives facing widespread child prostitution, sexual abuse: clinical psychologist

Child prostitution in Laamu Atoll has become so “common” the underage victims consider it “normal”, a private clinical psychologist has revealed to Minivan News.


Hong Kong court sentences Maldivian man to life imprisonment for murder of British woman thumbnail

Hong Kong court sentences Maldivian man to life imprisonment for murder of British woman

“To those people that are in relationships with violent partners: I strongly urge you to get away, putting [yourselves at a] sufficient distance to end matters peacefully,” Julia Fareed told Hong Kong media after her ex-husband Ahmed Fareed was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her aunt.


Female resort worker dies after being hit by dive boat propeller thumbnail

Female resort worker dies after being hit by dive boat propeller

Twenty-seven year-old Aishath Safa died after she was hit by the propeller of a diving boat near the island of Hinmafushi, the second such fatality involving a dive boat this year.


Criminal Court acquits six men charged with gang rape of 14 year-old girl thumbnail

Criminal Court acquits six men charged with gang rape of 14 year-old girl

The Criminal Court has acquitted six men charged with the gang rape of a minor, on the grounds that the prosecution was unable to offer sufficient evidence to prove they were guilty.


Parents seek help after baby born with huge birthmark on face thumbnail

Parents seek help after baby born with huge birthmark on face

With the national health insurance scheme not covering expenses for plastic surgery, the parents of a baby girl born with a large birthmark on her face have turned to social media for assistance.


Comment: Can the World Bank end gender-based violence? thumbnail

Comment: Can the World Bank end gender-based violence?

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank has joined the fight to end gender-based violence in South Asia and globally. Can it use its leverage as one of the largest donor agencies to stop flogging in the Maldives and other such discriminatory practices against women, asks Hawwa Lubna?


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories