Tourism boycott would be “setback for economic rights of women” says President, as Avaaz petition reaches two million

The President’s statement comes as an petition calling for a moratorium on flogging and better laws to protect women and girls in the Maldives reached more than two million signatures – more than twice the number of tourists who visit the country each year.

Millions in environmental fines owed to government

An MVR42.1 million (US$2.7 million) fined was imposed on the owner of a Thai fishing vessel that ran aground on the reef along Shangri-La Villingili Island Resort in November 2011 whilst the State Electricity Company (STELCO) was fined MVR3.3 million (US$214,000) following an oil spill.