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Maldives government abuses anti-terror law to silence public officials

The government of President Abdulla Yameen of the Maldives continues to abuse an overbroad anti-terror law as a blunt-force tool to arbitrarily and indiscriminately silence perceived political threats to his regime, writes the ICJ’s Nikhil Narayan

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Are we all going to kill Humam?

Hussain Humam was sentenced to death “through a process that has breached the principles of Islamic Shari’a, common law, international obligations and even common sense,” argues Shahindha Ismail, calling for an independent psychiatric evaluation of the 23-year-old death row inmate.

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CONI and the Coup III: The legacy

If there is a particular event which can be pointed to as the beginning of the end of Maldives’ peaceful transition to democracy, the acceptance of the 2012 CONI report as a way forward can be described as such, writes Azra Naseem.

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Islam, patriarchal discourses and gender-based violence in the Maldives

What we are witnessing in the Maldives today is the selective use of religious scriptures to give ‘divine’ endorsement of power and privilege to men and reinforce patriarchy, argues Hawwa Lubna

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One bad apple

What happens when a leadership becomes dysfunctional? What is its impact on the health of the society they rule over? Just as children mimic their parents, do citizens mimic their leaders? Does our need to follow authority make us betray the positive, fundamental values that define our humanity? Asks Latheefa A. Verall

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An attempted assassination, a jinni and the Maldives army

A Jinni led the army’s investigations into the alleged explosion on the presidential yacht, Finifenmaa, in September 2015, says a police statement leaked sometime in the morning of 2 March 2016, an extraordinary day in the life of Maldives.

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Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality

With the next local council elections scheduled for early 2017, we must ask ourselves: how can we ‘Step it up for Gender Equality’ in Maldives? What policy actions, legislations and initiatives should we undertake to encourage more females to come out to contest and get their voices heard?

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How much is your MP worth?

The Haamakurey or “Make it Public” campaign appears to be gaining traction with eight of the 85-member parliament releasing financial disclosure forms. The campaign has exposed serious loopholes in current practices, but has also triggered a backlash from MPs of both the ruling and opposition parties.

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Save Our Waves: Why we protest

A surf break is not like any other play ground. It is a living playground. It is constantly changing. Every surf break has a personality and so many moods, writes Ahmed Rifaee Abdul Sattar, a Maldivian surfer. “We, the surfers at Raalhugandu are facing the destruction of our surf break. Many of us consider the place their home. “

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“Who checks if the money they receive is legitimate?” – Translation of President Yameen’s Feb 24 speech

President Abdulla Yameen attempted to shrug off responsibility for the Maldives’ biggest ever corruption scandal, by claiming he was not aware “charity” to MPs and ruling party officials came from embezzled millions.

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Ex Auditor General weighs in on Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal

Full transcript of former Auditor General Niyaz’s interview detailing the extent of complicity by state officials, including President Yameen and MPs, in the embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers.

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Duplicitous attacks on the Maldives

In an op-ed for the Washington Times, President Abdulla Yameen accused former President Mohamed Nasheed and his heavyweight international lawyers of “trash-talking the Maldives” and attempting to portray the country as “a banana republic.”

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A trial by media: misinterpretations, contradictions and half-truths in the case of Mohamed Nasheed

The international ‘popular’ trial of former President Mohamed Nasheed has fallen into a spiral of oversimplifications and selective narratives that leads to contradictions, writes PPM MP Dr Abdulla Khaleel. “The real motivation behind their call for sanctions is not the liberation of the former President, but a governmental change, which would turn the sanctions illegal and contrary to the principle of sovereignty.”

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False hopes: the great bridge of Malé

Without political stability and the will to address pervasive social issues, including unemployment, gang violence and environmental degradation, the Malé bridge and the youth city will only be monuments to the government’s failure to address the real problems, writes Fathimath Isha.

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Violence against women has become our culture

The conversation around the death of a Thinadhoo woman from marital rape injuries focused on her “silence,” her action or inaction. But it was in fact duty bearers and the community who were silent, argues Humaidha Abdul Ghafoor.

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To bolster rights at home, Maldives must speak up for human rights abroad

One of the best ways Maldives can support the global human rights movement is by voting to extend the UN mandate for a special rapporteur for Iran, writes Iranian journalist Roozbeh Mirebrahimi.

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The Violent Lives of Maldivian Women

A 35-year-old victim of marital rape from the island of Thinadhoo died last night while undergoing treatment for severe injuries. Why is violence against women so prevalent in an Islamic society and how can we prevent it? asks the Gender Advocacy Working Group.

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