€3million in grant aid has been pledged by the Government of Germany for a climate neutrality project in Raa Atoll which will see the installation of solar panels generating 285kw of electricity for local islanders.
The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has introduced a benchmark for the protection of migrant worker rights, advising state institutions on the standards recommended by the Maldivian Constitution and by the numerous treaties to which the country is a party.
Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has revealed that the government will be introducing an unlimited healthcare scheme – ‘Husnuvaa Aasandha’ – in the new year in addition to the provision of a GP for every family.
The Fiqh Academy of Maldives – an advisory body on issues of Islamic jurisprudence and Shariah law – has set out five situations where it believes abortion is to be allowed under Islam.
The People’s Majlis today voted unanimously to pass the Anti-Torture Act, and the Prisons and Parole Act. The Anti-Torture Act declares freedom from torture as a fundamental right, whilst the Prisons Act stipulates minimum conditions for prison inmates.
Controversial Sheikh Adam Shameem was forced to conduct his sermon on the issue of backbiting with a police presence on Omadhoo Island after the island the council refused him permission fearing it may “disrupt the stability and social harmony of the island”.
Amir Moosa, 31 from G.A Dhaandhoo, was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan according to his family. Many locals suspect Moosa may have been involved with Jihadist groups, frequently discussing jihad and Palestinian independence when calling home, though his mother insists he was in the country for higher studies.
Transparency Maldives Global Corruption Survey – launched yesterday – found that 79 percent of respondents viewed the military as corrupt, placing it fifth behind the Majlis, political parties, the judiciary and the police.
Highlighting the disparity between the number of men and women prosecuted for fornication under Sharia law, the report states “paternity testing is not used as admissible evidence in court and the opportunity for men to deny guilt makes male accountability something of a farce”.