In the past 12 months Transparency Maldives has contacted 560 migrant workers, many of those with ongoing cases. Their main complaints include withholding of passports and documents preventing workers from travelling, poor living conditions and delay or non-payment of wages.
Living quarters for expatriate workers in Male’ -the most densely populated capital in the world with an estimated 140,000 people living in 2 square kilometers – are very cramped. It is the norm for 50 plus migrant workers to sleep in 8 hour shifts, in 20×10 ft spaces.
International Right to Know day on 28th September 2012, at the Maldives National University.
Transparency Maldives organized a panel discussion on promoting access to information to mark the International Right to Know day on 28th September 2012, at the Maldives National University (MNU).
The panelists covered the relationship between freedom of information and democracy; public participation, good governance; and between right to information and corruption in their presentations. The panelists also highlighted the shortcomings in the current RTI legal framework and looked at the features of an ideal RTI regime.
The panelists were:
Mr. Muaviz Rasheed, Vice President of the Anti Corruption Commission.
Uz. Mohamed Anil, Chairperson of Democracy House.
Mr. Aiman Rasheed, Advocacy Manager of Transparency Maldives.
The event was recorded and aired on TVM and Raajje TV.
A culture of free flow of information is fundamental to a democratic society, in establishing good governance, empowering citizens and promoting proactive disclosure and accountability.
Transparency Maldives published a position paper on the existing Access to Information regulatory framework in Maldives and the amendments that are crucial for an effective Access to Information that reflect international best practices.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM), the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Auditor General’s Office and the then Gender and Human Rights Ministry, endorsed TM’s position paper.
Access to Information Position Paper
On April 18th, Transparency Maldives, in association with the Student Union of Faculty of Shari’ah and Law at the Maldives National University, held an open discussion forum on Money in politics. More than 40 law students participated in the discussion, held at the University. The discussion was part of an ongoing event-series named Legal Talks organized by the Student Union that brings together law students for debate and dialogue on various issues of pertinence.
Transparency Maldives collaborated with the Student Union in an effort to broaden its outreach to the general public and advocate for reform in the area of political financing, through grassroots demand. The current advocacy work is part of the Crinis Project, a research and advocacy project on political financing carried out by Transparency Maldives, with funding from the British Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Crinis Project was developed by Transparency International and the Carter Center in 2006-2007, and has been used as a diagnostic and advocacy tool on political financing in several countries across the globe.
Transparency Maldives conducted the research and published the report in January 2012 and can be download here.The report highlights areas for reforming the legal framework and practices associated with political financing and provides recommendations for stakeholders on improving transparency and accountability in this area.
The discussion forum at the University examined the dynamics between political financing, vested interests, and corruption; and gave way to a fruitful dialogue and commentary on this critical issue of political financing.
The Crinis research uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to assess various
dimensions of political financing transparency and accountability, and is to be used as a
benchmarking and advocacy tool for reforming the legal framework and practices associated with
political financing. Specifically, ten, interdependent dimensions-such as the scope, disclosure,
and depth of financial reporting-were assessed in this research as indicators of transparent
political financing procedures.
The report also provides recommendations for improving the current legal framework on
political financing. These include amending laws to mandate parties and candidates to submit
official identification of donors and vendors and to mandate political parties to disclose annual
audited accounting reports to the general public. It is also recommended that Non-State actors
such as Civil Society Organizations partake in monitoring and overseeing political financing
practices and to conduct awareness and advocacy programs on transparency and accountability
in political financing.
Transparency in Political Financing in Maldives – CRINIS Research Project
The collated reports of the Presidential Election 2008, Parliamentary Elections 2009 and Local Council Elections 2011 are published by Transparency Maldives as part of the domestic observation efforts for the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.
Domestic observation for the Presidential Election 2008 was supported by the Royal Embassy of Netherlands, United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and AusAID. Domestic observation efforts for the Parliamentary Election 2009 and Local Council Elections 2011 were supported by the Royal Embassy of the Switzerland and the UNDP Maldives.
Click to view/download report
Transparency Maldives coordinated the only nationwide, non-partisan domestic observation effort of the
Parliamentary Elections 2009. The election was conducted on 9 May 2009. The domestic observation
assessed the parliamentary elections based on international standards and best practices for democratic
Domestic Observation – 2009 Maldivian Parliamentary Election