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Maldives: President Ratifies First Amendment of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

(Oct. 18, 2016) On August 23, 2016, the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, ratified the first amendment made to the country’s Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act. The amendment stipulates that street protests, marches, parades, and “other such gatherings can only be held with written permission from the police, or in areas designated by […]

Maldives: Supreme Court Decision Allows Executions to Proceed

(July 28, 2016) On July 24, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Maldives reversed a stay order issued the day before by the High Court. The High Court order had stopped executions based on that court’s views of the constitutionality of the regulations that implement the punishment. The Supreme Court ruling means that two pending […]

Maldives: Draft Law Would Criminalize Defamation

(Mar. 29, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the government of the Maldives submitted draft legislation to the parliament that would criminalize defamation. Even before the formal introduction of the draft law, the political opposition and journalists protested the proposal as a restriction on freedom of speech.  The Bill on Defamation and Freedom of Speech, written […]

Maldives: Rights Commissioner Criticizes Detention of Former President

(Sept. 11, 2015) In a statement released on August 25, 2015, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about the re-imprisonment by the Government of the Maldives on August 23 of the former President of the country, Mohammad Nasheed. The Office also noted that the authorities had reportedly used […]

Maldives: People’s Majlis Passes Amendment to Constitution Allowing Foreign Ownership of Land

(July 30, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the People’s Majlis, the unicameral parliament of the Maldives, passed a bill amending the 2008 Constitution to allow foreign ownership of land. President Yamin Abdul Gayoom ratified the bill the next day. (Shan Anees, President Ratifies Land Ownership Bill, HAVEERU ONLINE (July 23, 2015).) The bill reportedly amends […]

Maldives: Procedure for Business Tax Exemption for Ships and Aircraft

(May 15, 2015) The Maldives Inland Revenue Authority issued a tax ruling on May 3, 2015, that outlines the procedure to be followed for owners or charterers of ships or aircraft when they apply for exemptions from business profit tax. (Aiman Ibrahim, Maldives Government Issues Procedure to Exempt Business Profit Tax, TAX NEWS SERVICE (May […]

Maldives: UN Concerned Following Removal of Officials

(Mar. 31, 2014) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on March 10, 2014, about the decision of the Supreme Court of Maldives to oust the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elections Commission and sentence the Chair for contempt of court. Ban emphasized “the importance of respect for the principle of separation of powers, the […]

Maldives: High Court Delays Presidential Vote

(Sept. 27, 2013) On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Maldives issued an injunction to stop the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections. The election has been suspended indefinitely by the Court’s action, with was signed by four of the seven judges of the bench. (Elizabeth LaForgia, Maldives High Court […]

Maldives: President Signs Bill on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

(Jan. 22, 2013) The office of Maldives’ President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik announced on January 11, 2013, that he had signed the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Bill; the bill had been passed in the People’s Majlis (the legislature) on December 25, 2012. (Press Release, The President’s Office of the Republic of Maldives, President Ratifies Freedom […]

Maldives: Supreme Court Decision on Freedom of Assembly and Expression

(Dec. 13, 2012) During the first week of December 2012, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that police should investigate any criminal acts that occur during the exercise of people’s rights to free assembly and expression. The Court’s decision, a six-to-one ruling, was in a case brought in September 2012 by the Attorney General, seeking […]