Government committed to strengthening anti-human trafficking laws and policies in the country
Government assured its commitment to strengthen its laws and policies
to address the issue of human trafficking in the country. In an interview
to Dhitv’s Programme State Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E.
Dunya Maumoon has stated that the government duly notes the issue of
human trafficking in the country and stated that the matter needs to be
resolved soon. While addressing on the issue state Minister highlighted
that counter trafficking issues are impeded by the lack of understanding
of the issue and also the lack of legal structure in the country.
Maldives currently does not have an anti-human trafficking law in the
country, however, the constitution prohibits forced labor and slavery in
the country, and the Employment Act prohibits most forms of forced
labor. Government has been getting assistance from the Australia’s
Attorney General’s Department in drafting its laws on anti-human
trafficking, the draft which is already been completed and needs
translation into Dhivehi. Government hopes to submit before the
parliament draft bill on anti-human trafficking before the end of this
While welcoming the positive comments made by the Human Rights
Committee at its concluding observation on the Maldives, State Minister
also raised concern on some of the recommendation by the committee which
affect any laws of Islamic Shariah.The committee has made
recommendation to Maldives to remove reservation on article 18 of the
covenant on civil and Political rights which provides freedom of
thought, conscience and religion. Several provisions in the laws and
regulations of the Maldives already grant the right to freedom of
expressions and thought.State Minister also noted that the constitution
of Maldives, the social framework, historical and traditional values
does not allow for other religions to be practiced in the Maldives
therefore, the recommendation on freedom of religion cannot be accepted
by the Government.
23 May, 2013
President Sends a Message of Sympathy to the US President
President Dr Mohamed Waheed has sent a message of sympathy to President of the United State of America Barack Obama, following the loss of life and widespread devastation caused by the destructive tornado that hit the Oklahoma City.
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Adopting new perspective is the way forward for the education system: President Waheed
President Waheed has today said that adopting new perspective is the way forward for the education system of the country.
14 May, 2013
President Waheed inquires on relief efforts being taken against extreme weather
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