The People’s Majlis Judiciary Committee has decided to seek public comment on the contentious bill to prohibit hate crimes.
Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee Imthiyaz Fahumy, MP for North Maafannu, stated that the public’s opinion on the contentious bill will be examined.
Opinions must be submitted in hard copy by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at the People’s Majlis, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee has previously sought input from institutions such as the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the Human Rights Commission, and the Prosecutor General’s Office.
On behalf of the government, Hisaan Hussain, MP for Thulhaadhoo Constituency, sponsored the bill. It was approved by 38 votes on Wednesday, with 17 members voting against it. The bill was subsequently referred to the Judiciary Committee for additional investigation.
The bill is a proposed amendment to the Maldives Penal Code by the government to combat spreading of hate crimes by making hate speech illegal.
The Adhaalath Party, a member of the ruling coalition, voiced fear that the measure might encourage animosity among people and urged the government to create the bill using the methodology of international committees as a safeguard.