RSF refers case of missing Maldives journalist to UN

In a letter to the chairs of the working groups, RSF’s Secretary Christophe Deloire said: “Enforced disappearances are the consequences of criminal acts that violate several human rights – the right to life, the right to freedom and the right to due process.”

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Young woman, hit by falling metal post, dies of injuries

A young woman who was hit by a falling metal post in Malé last night died of injuries today. Azfa Zuhair, 24 years, had suffered injuries to her head and spine, and was on life support when she passed away.

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Maldivians reluctant to seek help from courts due to corruption, finds study

A new study has identified corruption in the Maldives as the leading factor in lack of public confidence in the justice sector. Many Maldivians, therefore, want to settle disputes out of court.

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In early morning raid, police ‘trespassed, harassed Nasheed’s family’

The group of 13 forensic police officers, who arrived at 9:40pm left only at 4am. They searched through books, fish tanks, and awoke Nasheed’s 13-year old daughter to search her room. journalists were removed from the premises, and officers remained inside the house without a court warrant, lawyers have said.

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President pardons convicted drug trafficker

President Yameen has pardoned Ismail Shaheem, from Thaa Thimarafushi Karankavilla, was arrested in June 2011 along with alleged drug kingpin Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzaq ‘Shafa’ with more than 800 grams of heroin following a two-year long operation.

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Police and immigration team up on human-trafficking, Maldivian Jihadists

The police and the Immigration Department are boosting information sharing to tackle chronic problems of human trafficking, the outflow of Maldivians Jihadists and document forgery.

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Drug trafficking life sentence overturned on irregularities

In its ruling, the appellate court said Ramiz Ahmed, from Janavareemaage in Laamu Isdhoo, was “deprived of the fundamental constitutional right” to examine the evidence or witnesses against him.

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Three arrested in Gan on prostitution charges

Two men and a woman were arrested from the island of Gan in Laamu atoll last night on suspicion of engaging in illicit sexual relations.

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Two women arrested for burying ‘miscarried’ fetus

Two women were arrested today on the island of Maaemboodhoo in Dhaalu Atoll on a charge of burying a four-month old fetus in secrecy.

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Fiqh academy warns against promotion of black magic

The Fiqh academy’s warning comes after opposition figures linked uprooting of old trees at the Republic square and removal of the Republic monument in Malè to President Abdulla Yameen’s alleged fear of sorcery.

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Chief judge questions charges against suspects accused of assaulting policeman

The chief judge repeated his criticism of the PG office’s decision to charge 11 out of 13 suspects with assault using a dangerous weapon despite evidence showing the accused beating a policeman with their hands and feet.

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Bangladeshi worker arrested on charges of child sexual abuse

A Bangladeshi worker was arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl on the island of Nilandhoo in Faafu atoll.

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54 cases of torture filed against police

The 54 cases alleging torture by the police included 13 cases of physical abuse during arrest, 26 cases of custodial abuse, 15 cases of physical abuse during protests, and one case of physical abuse during transfer to court for a remand hearing.

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Court withholds passport after Indian child abuse suspect flees

The High Court has issued today an order to withhold the passport of an Indian teacher suspected of sexually abusing several students a day after he fled the country.

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Police investigating case of dead baby in Thulhadhoo

“The baby’s body was brought to Male’ for further investigation and buried soon afterwards. But we have no more information to give right now,” a police spokesperson said.

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Independence 50 logos in Addu City vandalised with crude oil

‘Minivan 50’ (Independence 50) logos displayed on the walls of the Sharafuddin School and Maldives Road Development Corporation (MRDC) site in Addu City were vandalised with crude oil on Saturday night.

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80-year-old man arrested on charges of sexually abusing eight-year-old girl

Local NGO Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) has meanwhile expressed concern with the “hidden epidemic of child abuse that continues unabated in the country”. A total of 339 cases of child abuse were reported from January to June this year, ARC noted, which represented a significant increase compared to the 423 cases reported during the whole of 2014.

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