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Why the Maldives Vice President’s Impeachment is Illegal

“My client, Ahmed Adeeb’s impeachment is illegal. Every incident that follows from this illegal vote should therefore be reversed,” writes Hussain Shameem, the former vice president’s lawyer.

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The Petro Dictatorship

President Abdulla Yameen has a powerful motivation to keep opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed in jail – he threatened the financial interests of the powerful cartel of oil traders who stood to lose billions if the country ditched diesel and converted to solar, argues Mark Lynas.

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A bomb in the heart of Malé

Amidst an escalating struggle for influence at the country’s top leadership, the residents of Malé reacted to the news of Monday’s bomb with skepticism, signaling an unprecedented loss of confidence in the security forces and the government.

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An era of new partnerships

Achieving global goals or the SDGs by 2030 is only possible if private sector does its fair share, writes Ms. Shoko Noda, the UN Resident Coordinator, and Mr. Vikram Sinha, the Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Maldives.

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Why the sentence on death by stoning is unconstitutional

The decision contravenes provisions that emphasize non-discrimination, equality, human dignity and fair trial rights in the constitution and international human rights conventions that the Maldives is signatory to, argues Shahindha Ismail and Mushfiq Mohamed.

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The explosion on Yameen’s speedboat: What we know so far

The cause of an explosion on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat remains unclear, but here are the important details of the inquiry, which has seen the arrest of three soldiers, a shakeup of the security forces and raids on government offices, and homes of a businessman and a top tourism official.

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Ten Questions for the Government of the Maldives

While it is unsurprising that the Government of the Maldives wishes to have a fact-free conversation about the rapidly deteriorating human-rights situation in the country, the international community will not be persuaded by mere repetition of the same claims lacking foundation in law or evidence, writes Jared Genser, legal counsel to former president Nasheed

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The UN Working Group Opinion: Next Steps

While the opinion of the WGAD is a helpful international contribution, it is the Supreme Court that ought, in accordance with the rule of law, have the final word on the fairness of Mohamed Nasheed’s conviction, argues Toby Cadman, partner at Omnia Strategy.

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High hopes for UN opinion on Nasheed’s imprisonment

After months of street protests, hundreds of arrests, and failed talks, the opposition and civil society groups hope a UN opinion on Nasheed’s imprisonment will provide a way forward. But will the government abide by a ruling favorable to Nasheed?

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Why it makes sense to invest in women and children’s health

Spending on the health of women and young people should be considered ‘investments’, because it accrues long-term rights and dividends, to the economy and to society, writes Mr. Chandra Kishore Mishra and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed.

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A Political Trial or the Trial of a Politician?

The case of the former President Mohamed Naseed is in danger of being manipulated for purely political ends. It is therefore important that we remind ourselves of the facts so that judgment does not become clouded, writes Toby Cadman, partner at Omnia Strategy.

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Our protectors have failed us

The Maldivian police, who have pledged to protect and serve us, have failed us. Stabbings, killings, death threats, and destruction of property are now common in the Maldives. To date, justice has been delivered in only a handful of cases, writes Shafaa Hameed.

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No ordinary crime: The stabbing of Mahfooz Saeed

The stabbing of lawyer Mahfooz Saeed on Friday cannot be easily dismissed as gang violence, an attempted robbery, or an assault by drug addicts, writes Hassan Mohamed.

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Keeping up with the authoritarians

Why is the international community reluctant to let go of the ‘democracy’ label for the Maldives? Does it arise from a fear of acknowledging defeat, or is it simply because international actors are not keeping up with the authoritarians in the Maldives? asks Azra Naseem.

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Video threats, religious extremism and Maldives tourism

Whether the video message threatening to kill the president and harm tourism is authentic or a hoax, it does a lot of harm for the Maldives’ reputation as a safe and paradise-like honeymoon destination, writes Hawwa Kareem

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Looking for new hope

In Malé, anger at the government is palpable, so is frustration and a certain amount of despair. At a loss as to what to do, many Maldivians are calling for mass protests and urging the international community to intervene, writes Shafaa Hameed.

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Malé under water: frequent floods demonstrate climate vulnerability

A few hours of heavy rain in Malé City on Monday morning inundated streets, snarled traffic, flooded the main hospital and caused a roof to cave in at a primary school, prompting concern over the island city’s vulnerability to and lack of preparedness for extreme weather.

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