Flooding on two southern islands last week was predicted by an environment impact assessment for a causeway proposed to connect the Hoadehdhoo and Madaveli islands.
Hoadehdhoo islanders dug out a section from the 440-meter causeway after swell surges flooded the island over the previous week. The MVR29 million (US$1.8 million) project was inaugurated by President Abdulla Yameen during a campaign trip in August.
The change of government in the Maldives presents a huge opportunity to break with the repression and human rights violations of the past and chart a fresh course where human rights are at the heart of the policies and action of the new government, Amnesty International said today.
The 23 September 2018 presidential election saw the defeat of President Abdulla Yameen to the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Abdulla Yameen’s rule was marked by attacks on civil society, media workers, the political opposition and the judiciary.
The Japanese government donated medical equipment to the Maldives.
At a meeting held today in Ministry of Health, medical equipment worth 40 Million Maldivian Rufiyaa was agreed to be donated to the Health Sector of Maldives by the Government of Japan. The relevant documents were signed by Mr. Abe Masamichi (Counselor) from Embassy of Japan and Dr. Mohamed Shaafiee Abdul Munim, (Deputy Minister) from the Ministry of Health.
The equipment scheduled to be delivered in 2019 is planned to be distributed to IGMH and Atoll Health Facilities.
An estimated MVR1 million (US$65,000) worth of damage was caused to Dhaalu Bandidhoo island after it was hit by a tropical cyclone on Tuesday, local media reported.
The cyclone, with heavy rains and strong winds, hit at around 11:30am and blew away roofs of several buildings including houses, an ancient mosque and the school hall.
Island council member Umar Zahir said that 12 palm trees and five large trees were uprooted, but that nobody was injured.
He said details of the damage have been shared with nearby resorts and the National Disaster Management Centre.
Cases of dengue, flu, viral fever and influenza spiked in the Maldives earlier this year.
The Health Protection Agency reported a drop in the spread of communicable diseases for June.
Earlier this year the HPA urged people to take precautions as dengue, flu, viral fever and influenza increased across the Maldives.
There was at least one fatality in an influenza outbreak as hundreds of people sought flu and viral fever treatment every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.