The criminal court’s council of judges has decided to suspend telecasts of trials to review procedures for authorising live broadcasts.
As the rules allow for the broadcast of any trial without exception, some judges expressed concern over adversely affecting public opinion, which could sow discord and cause loss of trust in the judiciary, the court said on Thursday, In some cases, ongoing investigations could also be hindered and witnesses could be able to change testimony based on previous hearings, it added.
In July, former president Abdulla Yameen’s trial on money laundering charges became the first to be broadcast live on television. A decision on continuing the telecast would be made after consulting both the prosecution and defence at the next hearing, the court said.
UN Special Rapporteur on torture to visit Maldives
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer is due to visit the Maldives for an eight-day visit next Sunday.
Melzer was invited by the government to assess “wide-ranging, systemic reforms of the country’s institutions in response to past acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment,” according to the UN. “I look forward to an open and constructive dialogue with the authorities and other key groups with the goal of strengthening the implementation of international human rights standards as part of the country’s prison reform initiative,” Melzer said.
The rights expert will meet government officials, lawmakers and judges as well as representatives of civil society and national human rights mechanisms, lawyers, academics, activists, victims and their families. He will also visit prions and custodial facilities.
After sharing preliminary observations with the local press on November 24, a report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2021.
Construction worker injured in fall
A 40-year-old Bangladeshi worker was injured on Wednesday after falling from a building under construction in Hulhumalé.
According to police, the man suffered injuries to his shoulder and broke ribs. He fell while trying to raise safety nets in the construction site without wearing a safety belt, police said. The man was treated at the Hulhumalé hospital.
Construction-site accidents are common in the capital and its suburbs. In September, a construction worker died after falling from the eighth floor of a building in Hulhumalé. In July, a 24-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker died after being crushed by a falling “jumbo bag” of cement. A 44-year-old Bangladeshi man died in February after he was hit by a falling stone at a construction site in Hulhumalé.
Today on Twitter
— The President's Office (@presidencymv) November 14, 2019
Bold ambitions from the Maldives to implement EPR by 2021, phase out single use plastics and implement a fully operational, integrated waste management system by 2023. Presented by @ahmednixam, Project Manager, Ministry Of Environment, Maldives. pic.twitter.com/t0wHwyhye7
— ISWA (@ISWA_org) November 14, 2019
Magnificent achievement for our Women’s Volleyball Team as they win Silver medal in AVC Central Zone Women’s Championship.With more support I’m sure they will do better in the next AVC tournament in Maldives. Maldives is very proud of this result. 🇲🇻🏐 pic.twitter.com/258qCkxBgj
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) November 14, 2019
That's equivalent to 200 large garbage bags of waste per night. Isn't it time we thought twice about our habits? If we were to stop sweeping the streets every night, how quickly would the negative effects be evident? #Ehlaanulaa
— WAMCO (@WAMCOmv) November 14, 2019
Announcing our newly appointed Deputy Vice Chancellors.
1. Mr. Hussain Haleem, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration & Finance)
2. Ms. Aishath Shaheen Ismail, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)
3. Dr. Aishath Shehenaz Adam, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) pic.twitter.com/9m7dempKxl
— The Maldives National University (@MNUedu) November 14, 2019
— Ministry of Youth,Sports and Community Empowerment (@MoYSCEmv) November 14, 2019
Ash'ham Ashraf Musthafa, 9S1 has reiterated that he is a champion by winning two gold medals in the World Scholar's Cup – Tournament of Champions round held at Yale University.
Congratulations 👏👏, Ash’ham!
— Ghaazee School (@GhaazeeSchool) November 14, 2019
— IGMH (@igmhmv) November 14, 2019
— ADK Hospital (@ADKHospital) November 14, 2019
Pre-bid information session regarding the Lease, Development and Operation of Tourist Guesthouse and City Hotel in Addu City pic.twitter.com/3L8vnMaaQk
— Addu City Council (@AdduCityCouncil) November 14, 2019
Minister @DrHussainHassan and Minister of State Dr. Abdulla Naseer met with Dr. Peter Macreadie, Head of the Blue Carbon Lab based in Deakin University, Victoria to discuss about the blue carbon value of ecosystems in the Maldives. pic.twitter.com/x5tvlBtd0Z
— Ministry of Environment (@MoEnvmv) November 14, 2019
Our Business Centre in Male’ is a one stop solution for SMEs. We provide access to a range of business banking services including account opening, internet banking, POS and payment gateway, business debit/credit cards, loans and other credit applications and advisory services. pic.twitter.com/fOlrqjIrU7
— Bank of Maldives (@bankofmaldives) November 14, 2019
We advocated for a minimum 33% quota for women in local councils, increase resources for local councils, and implement support structures for local councils to enable them to perform their duties. #BaarakyAharemen #MaBassa
— Transparency MV (@TransparencyMV) November 14, 2019
It was an honour to meet the lady Barristers from @NSWBar including esteemed Lady Judges & share my experiences & thoughts. I would like you all to come to the #Maldives & share your experiences & thoughts about your experiences in the field. Thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/JoEs6XBU2g
— Mariya Didi 🎈 (@MariyaDidi) November 13, 2019
Completed the challenging deep sea pipe pilling works with an average depth reaching more than 40 meters.
The deep sea fire fighting platform will house necessary deep sea water fire fighting pumps & auxiliary equipment required for Aviation Fuel Storage Depot @VelanaAirport pic.twitter.com/2reUpQufiY
— MACL (@MACLmedia) November 13, 2019
I was delighted today to see the excellent work being done by @MoACHmv to reconstruct the historic Kalhuvakaru Mosque at its new location in central Male. Congratulations all concerned! pic.twitter.com/PTk7lP82Zy
— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) November 13, 2019
Congratulation @SolympicsMV what a moment for Maldives #DisabilitySports #inclusion #Unified #Badminton Thank you #JazeeraRaajje #Disability #manifesto @MoYSCEmv @AhmedMahloof @Heenasaleem @SOAsiaPacific for the support @BaMdv @Dhiraagu pic.twitter.com/coot1HkIE5
— Maldives Paralympic Committee (@ParalympicMdv) November 13, 2019
Heard about the Hulhumale Master Plan today from @hdcmaldives. Discussed youth, community, culture, environment & sustainability. Oh, and gardens & compost of course! Impressive Maldivian ambition & design being executed to a remarkable timescale. pic.twitter.com/vLqF1oNMk0
— Caron Rohsler (@caron_rohsler) November 13, 2019
Our youth delegation to #ICPD25 #NairobiSummit presents what they learnt – or rather, didn't – about sexual reproductive health & rights in school. It gives insight into #UnfinishedBusiness in the #Maldives that we need to address in order to reach #GlobalGoals by 2030.@UNFPA pic.twitter.com/IMeKY3IlUt
— UNFPA Maldives (@UNFPAMaldives) November 13, 2019
— Aishath Shahuda (@AishathShahuda) November 13, 2019
India offers large number of scholarships to Maldivian youth for Undergrad, Postgrad, MPhil & PhD courses
Wide choice of subjects & universities
Easy online process.
— India in Maldives (@EoIMaldives) November 13, 2019
Agreement signed between MoFMRA and @VAMCoMaldives to develop 2 ice plants with a capacity of 25 tons each at K. Gaafaru & R. Maduvvari. This project is financed with Grant Aid from the Indian Government. pic.twitter.com/gXlwnT7jOq
— Min. of Fisheries, Marine Resources & Agriculture (@MoFMRAmv) November 13, 2019
Health Minister Abdulla Ameen gave the commitment that the Government will give full support for the implementation of the National Physical Activity Policy and Guidelines.@ameenex @TinyHeartsMV pic.twitter.com/EhAvj7b6T5
— Ministry of Health (@MoHmv) November 13, 2019
Maldives National Surfing Team is departing to take part in the first ever Asian Surfing Championships to be held at Shantou, China from 17th to 24th of November. #2019ASC #ASF @ISAsurfing pic.twitter.com/2ksaIwads4
— Maldives Surfing Association (@MSAsurfing) November 13, 2019