March 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday dismissed the country's four top election commissioners, giving each a six-month jail sentence and three-year suspension for "disobeying orders." The commission members were tried after the passage of new rules that allowed the Supreme Court to initiate ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday suspended the nation's presidential election for the third time. Former president Mohamed Nasheed received the most votes at the official election Saturday, but Maldives' protocols called for a runoff to be held Sunday. According to media sources, ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Max Slater
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asserted on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of the Maldives has meddled excessively in the nation's presidential elections. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of the Maldives annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and ...[read more]
October 8, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Monday annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and called for a new election before October 20. A probe of the September 7 voters list found irregularities in 5,623 of the votes, including minors, people voting more than once, deceased ...[read more]
September 24, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Monday indefinitely delayed the second round of presidential elections, which were scheduled to occur later this week. The injunction, signed by four of the seven-judge bench, calls for the election commission to delay the runoff election until the court rules ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Police in the Maldives arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday for missing a February 10 court appearance for charges that he illegally detained a judge prior to his resignation last year. Nasheed had taken refuge in the Indian High Commission in the Maldives last month to avoid ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Sarah Posner
UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul said Sunday that lawyers and judges in the Maldives are not adequately independent from outside influence. The special rapporteur pointed to the power struggle between parliament, the government and the judiciary, as ...[read more]
February 18, 2013
by Sarah Posner
A Maldives court issued a second arrest warrant on Monday for former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on charges of the illegal detention of a judge. The charges against Nasheed stem from his unilateral order to arrest Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed on corruption charges in January, when Nasheed ...[read more]

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