IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

7th March - 13th March
  • The Maldives has dismissed calls from 41 nations at the UN Human Rights Council to immediately address a deteriorating human rights situation. It defended the declaration of a state of emergency in response to a Supreme Court order on February 1 for the release of nine prisoners, which the government alleges was part of a coup plot to remove the president from office.
    (Maldives Independent, March 10, 2018)
  • UN rights chief urged Maldives to ‘completely reverse’ emergency measures. The UN human rights chief has urged the Maldives government to “completely reverse” emergency measures imposed by President Abdulla Yameen in response to a Supreme Court order for the release of political opponents.
    (Maldives Independent, March 08, 2018)
  • Maldives Islamic ministry admits Rohingya fund yet to reach refugees. The Islamic ministry has admitted that US$1 million raised last year for Rohingya Muslim refugees has not been handed over to the Bangladesh Red Crescent.
    (Maldives Independent, March 13, 2018)
  • Chinese lending puts Maldives at risk of debt distress. The Maldives is one of eight countries subject to high debt distress from Chinese investments, a study has revealed. The findings come from the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based think tank, which examined the debt implications of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.
    (Maldives Independent, March 08, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • No military purpose for Chinese observatory in Maldives: report. It denied Indian media claims that China had an ulterior motive for positioning the observatory in the Maldives. The proposed facility in Makunudhoo island, in Haa Dhaalu atoll in the north west, was to “observe the climate and the ocean, and deepen cooperation in marine ecology preservation, prevention of marine disasters and marine scientific research.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • Birth defects increasing in Maldives. The number of babies born with birth defects in the Maldives has been rising in recent years. Of 4,820 births during the past two years, 514 babies were born with defects, including 42 serious cases and 21 fatalities, newspaper Mihaaru reported, citing statistics made public Sunday by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.
    (Maldives Independent, March 05, 2018)
  • Maldives skipping India navy exercise over ‘heightened readiness’ at home, assessed by the embassy in New Delhi as it explained why officers were skipping a navy exercise hosted by neighbouring India.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • Maldives vowed ‘aggressive action’ over use of flag by North Korea-supplying tanker.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • We are doing fine, Maldives tells UN, focus on Palestine and Syria.
    (Maldives Independent, February 27, 2018)
  • President Abdulla Yameen has nominated the head of state utility Fenaka Corporation to the Elections Commission.
    (Maldives Independent, March 04, 2018)
  • Depression cases on the rise in Maldives. The number of patients seeking psychological counselling from the state’s public health centre has been steadily increasing since its opening in 2013.
    (Maldives Independent, March 01, 2018)