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22 May 2018 description

Overview

While access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools is high, poor design and operations and maintenance (O&M) remain challenges and there are no specific menstrual hygiene management (MHM) policies or programmes. Formal hygiene education, trained school health assistants and good hygiene practices are lacking. MHM is not in the curriculum, and WASH needs to be integrated into education materials, alongside more training for school staff.

20 May 2018 description

Heavy rainfall on Saturday caused flooding in the southern Thinadhoo island and Addu City.

Water seeped into two households each in the Hithadhoo, Feydhoo and Hulhudhoo wards of Addu City but no items were damaged, according to police, who assisted with pumping out the water.

Police officers have also been involved in pumping out floodwaters on Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaal atoll.

16 Apr 2018 description

GENEVA (16 April, 2018) – Maldives must restore ex-President Mohamed Nasheed’s right to stand for office, including the office of President, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded in a finding made public today. The finding of violations of human rights was made in response to two individual complaints by Mr. Nasheed filed in 2013 and 2016.

09 Apr 2018 description

To further strengthen country preparedness, a Health Emergency Operations Center was launched in the Ministry of Health today with support from WHO, whom handed over all necessary equipment to establish the center. The handover document was signed by His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health and Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative to the Maldives.

03 Apr 2018 description

A collaboration between UNFPA and the Ministry of Health of Maldives aimed to promote equity in access to SRH services and information. In furtherance of this collaboration, UNFPA is supporting the study of the efficiency of SRH spending, an economic evaluation of benefits against costs of SRH service delivery as planned in the Maldives’ National Reproductive Health Strategy of 2014-2018.

23 Mar 2018 description

President Abdulla Yameen has ended a 45-day state of emergency declared last month in response to a Supreme Court order for the release of his jailed opponents.

19 Mar 2018 description

The Government of Maldives has issued a statement in response to the EU Parliament resolution passed today, on the situation in the Maldives.

The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads as follows:

"The Government of Maldives notes the EU Parliament resolution on the Situation in the Maldives. (2018/2630(RSP)

14 Mar 2018 description

Introduction and scope of the issue

Maldives has a total population of 407,660 (out of which about 15% are foreign citizens), distributed in 187 administrative islands. The youth cohort (15-29 years) comprise of 31.5 % of the population. While Male’, the capital island, has a population of roughly 38 percent of the total population, about 62 percent live in the islands of the Atolls. Maldives ranks at 105 out of the 188 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index.

12 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (12 February 2018) – The detention of two Supreme Court judges in the Maldives is an attack on the independence of the judiciary and undermines the court’s ability to work freely and effectively, a group of United Nations human rights experts* has warned.

“The independence of the judiciary is under serious threat, along with the principle of separation of powers between the State and the courts,” the experts said in a joint statement.

09 Feb 2018 description
  1. On the 1st of February 2018, by way of Court Order No. 2018/SC-SJ/01, the Supreme Court of the Maldives made the following judgement:

a. Quashed the Supreme Court Case verdict on Case No: 2017/SC-A/17; b. Declared that the Judicial Service Commission has no mandate over the Supreme Court Justices, overriding Article 159 of the Constitution which empowers the Judicial Services Commission to appoint, investigate complaints against, and give recommendations for dismissal of judges; c. Only the Supreme Court can appoint judges.

07 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (7 February 2018) – The declaration of the State of Emergency in the Maldives by President Abdulla Yameen and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees have swept away the checks and balances and separation of powers necessary in any functioning democracy, potentially leading to a greater number of violations of the rights of people in the Maldives, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday.

07 Feb 2018 description
report European Commission

The declaration of the state of emergency on February 5 by the President of the Maldives undermines democracy and human rights and further escalates political tensions in the country. The European Union expects the state of emergency to be lifted without delay.

06 Feb 2018 description

SG/SM/18885

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about the unfolding situation in Maldives, in particular the declaration of a state of emergency and the entry of security forces into the Supreme Court premises.

06 Feb 2018 description

Still haunted by the memories of the 2004 tsunami, people in M. Kolhufushi island, Maldives are preparing for their first tsunami drill. Conducted in the school, the drill will help to lay out a much-needed evacuation plan for the students and the community.   

05 Feb 2018 description

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared State of Emergency, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, for the next 15 days.

The state of emergency was declared by a Presidential Decree (No. 2018/3) issued on 5 February 2018.

05 Dec 2017 description

A bout of extreme weather during the weekend caused damage to households and property in 62 islands across the Maldives.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding on 36 islands, strong winds tore off roofs and felled trees on 22 islands, and swells were reported from four islands, the National Disaster Management Centre told local media.

The flooding did not cause extensive damage in any of the affected households, according to the NDMC, but residents of three homes on the island of Hinnavaru and one on Naifaru in the northern Lhaviyani atoll were temporarily relocated.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Inter-Parliamentary Union has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives.

In a press statement
Wednesday, the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding mission by its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and noted appreciation for an offer made by the Maldivian authorities to grant a visit in the near future.

02 Oct 2017 description

Over 500 school children and nearly 100 teachers and administration staff of Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre in Villingili island have been undergoing an intense tsunami education and awareness programme, culminating in a tsunami evacuation drill today.

In an island that was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, school children learned through educational activities how to recognize warning signs, respond and prepare for a tsunami. Many of them were born after the great tsunami but the memories that their parents and grandparents carry are still vivid.

18 Aug 2017 description

August 18, 2017, Malé - A UNDP-supported project set to transform water security in the outer islands of the Maldives has moved one step closer to implementation this past week, with a meeting of key stakeholders and a special function attended by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, and UNDP Resident Representative.

28 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18629

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is concerned about recent developments in Maldives with the gradual erosion of basic democratic norms and principles in the country. He calls on the Government to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of speech and assembly.

The Secretary-General urges the Government to refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of Members of Parliament, political parties, civil society and the media.