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Inmate dies of heart attack in fourth custodial death this year

Ahmed Hassan, 55, was found death by prison guards at 4:40am at the low security prison, Asseyri Jail, on December 1

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57-year-old dies in Malé remand centre

A 57-year-old man held in pre-trial detention at a remand centre in Malé died on Tuesday morning in the second custodial death in less than a month.

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Watchdog lets police off the hook over torture claims

Citing insufficient evidence, the HRCM has cleared prison guards and police officers of torture claims in the 65 cases it investigated this year.

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Shumba Gong tortured in jail, says lawyer

Ahmed ‘Shumba Gong’ Ashraf was forced to sit on the floor, in handcuffs, while prisons officers alternately poured hot and ice-cold water on him, said lawyer Moosa Siraj.

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Deputy minister labels detained journalists ‘criminals’ as HRCM investigates mistreatment in custody

While international human rights and press freedom organisations have condemned the mass arrests as symptomatic of declining press freedom in the Maldives, the Human Rights Commission of Maldives has launched an inquiry after all 18 journalists, including seven young women, were strip-searched twice in 20 minutes in what they say was a deliberate attempt by police officers to humiliate the detainees.

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Amnesty slams Maldives for lack of action on judicial reform

Amnesty International has slammed President Abdulla Yameen’s administration over its failure to address mounting concern over judicial independence.

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Maldives’ reputation ‘tarnished by human rights violations’

The current administration’s breach of international human rights conventions has tarnished the country’s reputation, says the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, as the government insists “the Maldives has made extraordinary progress in guaranteeing human rights.”

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No money for the folks back home

Why a government plan to levy a three percent tax on migrant worker remittances has drawn concern among human rights advocates.

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Supreme Court’s latest writ ‘compromises independence of watchdog bodies’

A Supreme Court writ ordering the Attorney General’s (AG) Office to represent all state offices, including independent institutions, has caused concern, with lawyers saying the writ contravenes the constitution and compromises the independence of independent institutions.

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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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Official accused of corruption nominated to human rights watchdog

President Abdulla Yameen has nominated to the human rights watchdog an official accused of defrauding the state of MVR24million (US$1.55million) in 2009 and 2011.

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