News Updates

August 28th - 06th September
  • Maldives president colluded in N. Korea fuel sales, says opposition
    The Maldives’ main opposition party on alleged collusion at the highest levels of government over the sale of fuel to North Korea by ships fraudulently using the country’s flag. A detailed report has been released by the Maldivian Democratic Party, which told media that a complaint and request to investigate the issue has been filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission. The allegations come from a leaked military intelligence report. (Maldives Independent, September 4, 2018)
  • President Abdulla Yameen has decided to seek defamation action against the Maldivian Democratic Party and Raajje TV over allegations linking him to illegal fuel sales to North Korea.
  • The main opposition party violated the president’s constitutional and electoral rights and the opposition-aligned TV station was complicit by broadcasting the MDP press conference last Monday, lawyers told the press Wednesday night. (Maldives Independent, September 6, 2018)
  • Ex-election chief laments state of Maldives electoral body
    Nobody believes the Elections Commission and nobody respects it, says its former chief. His view is a bleak but not uncommon one. For months the Maldives’ electoral body has been criticised by the opposition, civil society and international watchdogs for its apparent lack of willingness to conduct free and fair elections. (Maldives Independent, September 3, 2018)
  • The guesthouse market will control half of the Maldives tourist accommodation capacity by 2028, the Maldives Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (MATATO) said. Guesthouses in the Maldives have 8,000 beds between them. MATATO president Abdulla Giyas Riyaz said that the guesthouse sector was the fastest developing sector of tourism in the country. (Maldives Independent, September 2, 2018)
  • A huge cutout of President Abdulla Yameen was seen hovering above the capital ahead of the inauguration of a US$200million China Maldives Friendship Bridge.
  • The bridge will span from Malé’s eastern edge to the western corner of the island of Hulhulé, where the country’s main international airport is located, and opens to traffic on September 7. (Maldives Independent, August 30, 2018)
August 18th - 27th
  • India MP provokes outrage with call to invade Maldives
    Subramanian Swamy was rebuked by both government and opposition supporters. An Indian ruling party politician provoked outrage on both sides of the Maldives political divide by suggesting that India should invade its tiny neighbour.
    “India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place,” Subramanian Swamy, a member of the upper house of the Indian parliament, tweeted. (Maldives Independent, August 25, 2018)
  • Islanders in the Maldives are being criticised for holding an Eid celebration event that depicted a plane crashing into a tower.
    The event took place on Maafaru, Noonu Atoll, and photos posted on social media show men acting as terrorists. They are armed with mock rifles made out of wood and there is a 20-foot tower with a US flag on top of it. (Maldives Independent, August 26, 2018)
August 10th - 17th
  • Maldives government is accused of ‘crushing dissent in all-out assault on democracy
    The Maldives government has increasingly violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens and put the country on a dangerous path towards autocratic rule, a Human Rights watch report published Thursday said.
    The 60-page report, An All-Out Assault on Democracy: Crushing Dissent in the Maldives, documents the human rights abuses that have flourished under President Abdulla Yameen’s administration. (Maldives Independent, August 16, 2018)
  • Withdraw your military choppers: Maldives tells India
    The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to New Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen’s China-backed government. India and China are going head to head in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island chain where Beijing is building roads, bridges and a bigger airport, upstaging India.
    India has opposed Yameen’s crackdown on political rivals and the imposition of an emergency this year and some of the president’s rivals have called on New Delhi for military intervention, creating worries in the Maldivian government. (Daily Mirror, August 11, 2018)
  • EU denies Maldives president’s claim of fish export ban
    European Union sanctions were prompted by his defence of Islamic principles, Yameen claimed.
    The European Union has denied claims made President Abdulla Yameen that the Maldives has been warned of a ban on fish exports as part of threatened targeted sanctions. (Maldives Independent, August 16, 2018)
August 1st - 9th
  • Five islands are to be destroyed for an airport project in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, an environmental impact assessment has revealed.
    The airport, partly funded by a US$4 million interest-free loan from a Maldives tycoon, will cater to a population of 7,000 people who live within a 30-minute speed-boat journey, and one resort. (Maldives Independent, August 6, 2018)
  • Maldives police lied about Rilwan abduction
    The Maldives Police Service knew missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan was followed before his abduction on August 8, 2014, by a suspect who was allowed to leave the country, the Maldives Independent has learned. (Maldives Independent, August 8, 2018)
  • The family of missing Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan is to sue the police for negligence, on the eve of a protest march to mark four years since his abduction. (Maldives Independent, August 7, 2018)
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