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Yameen launches ‘Y18 Sports Fiesta’ for re-election campaign

The ‘Y18 Sports Fiesta’ organised by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives as part of his 2018 re-election campaign.

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Suspension lifted for 13 lawyers

The judicial authorities have revoked the suspension of 13 out of 54 lawyers who were barred from appearing in court for signing a petition for judicial reform. On Monday, the Department

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Maldives absence from UN vote on mass atrocities draws fierce criticism

“As powerful nations are allowed to intervene in domestic affairs of nations in the name of the Responsibility to Protect or R2P principle, the Maldives decided a very long time ago not to participate in votes at the UN general assembly aimed at taking action under R2P,” the foreign ministry said.

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Ambassador to Sri Lanka stands by threat to detain Nasheed

The ambassador-designate’s remarks prompted the opposition leader’s high-profile counsel Amal Clooney to warn that “any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain President Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law.”  

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Supreme Court urged to lift mass suspension of lawyers

“None of the 56 lawyers has been allowed to exercise their right to defend themselves or be heard before a disciplinary action,” noted the International Commission of Jurists, Transparency International, Forum Asia, and Frontline Defenders together with local NGO Maldivian Democracy Network.

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State revises charges against MP Faris

The Prosecutor General’s office has revised charges raised against MP Faris Maumoon from accepting bribes to offering to bribe fellow lawmakers to back the impeachment of the speaker.

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Maldives decries UN human rights chief’s criticism over crackdown on dissent

In his opening statement Monday at the UN Human Rights Council’s 36th session in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussain said the Maldivian government was “increasingly cracking down on critical views” and expressed concern about “reports of continued violations of the right to a fair trial, and allegations of political bias by the judiciary and law enforcement authorities.”

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Party talks flounder over release of opposition leaders

Proposed talks between the government and opposition have collapsed with both sides blaming the other for the failure to resolve a protracted political crisis through dialogue.

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54 lawyers suspended over ‘unlawful’ judicial reform petition

The four-party opposition coalition reacted to the unprecedented mass suspension by calling on the international community to consider imposing targeted travel and financial sanctions on Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.

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US concerned with ‘status of rule of law and democracy’ in Maldives

The Maldives has produced more terrorists who have fought in Iraq and Syria than any other country in the world,” Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells told a congressional committee hearing on ‘Maintaining US influence in South Asia.’

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Gasim departs for Singapore on 10-day medical leave

The 67-year-old business tycoon was allowed to leave with a travel document nearly two weeks after he was found guilty of attempted bribery and sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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Ex-PPM MP stripped of seat

The former Jumhooree Party MP expressed defiance on social media and insisted that he “remain in the post [that I was] elected to by the people in accordance with the constitution”.

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Maldives severs trade ties with Myanmar

The Maldives expressed concern with “the recent cycle of violence that resulted in the death of dozens of Rohingya Muslims and displacing several thousands.”

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Lawyers slam ‘shameful’ treatment of Gasim

Despite assurances from Home Minister Azleen Ahmed last week that medical leave will be authorised within days, the Attorney General’s office appealed the part of Gasim’s verdict that ordered the authorities to arrange treatment abroad.

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Government renews invitation for political party talks

The government has asked opposition parties and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to propose reforms to revive the failed all-party talks, Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee told the press.

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New Chinese ambassador presents credentials amid criticism of Sino-Maldives ties

The new ambassador began his term in the wake of strong criticism of Sino-Maldives ties from exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed during a visit to India.

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India visit a signal from Delhi to Maldives, says Nasheed

“I’m a convict and I was sentenced to 13 years in jail for terrorism. And yet, I’ve been invited to India. There is a message here, you have to be blind if you don’t see it,” Nasheed said during an interactive session with the media at Brookings India.

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