The East African country still stands out for its economic progress. It has qualified for both World Bank and IMF meetings, and foreign businessmen have a good impression of the local business environment. Economic freedom decreased in 2018, but remains high as a result of the enhanced Parliament’s role in economic policymaking. 1df3b2d1dd
The Maldives in a rare example of a country that has improved its ranking in a single year. Part of the reason was that the Maldives was one of the last countries in the world to adopt a free movement score. Now, it ranks number 48, up from number 58 two years ago. The Maldives have in place audio-visual coverage even in remote areas. Protection of human rights has also improved by allowing Maldivian citizens to carry firearms.
Corruption remains rampant even more than a decade after the country implemented a Freedom of Information Bill. Ominously, a general anti-corruption law passed in 2011 was overturned in a unanimous 2006 Supreme Court ruling.
Protection of property rights is weak. The watchdog, the National Union of Newspapers said that the legislative framework for the private ownership of newspapers was virtually absent. Printing operations were frequently found to be infringing on copyrights. It also found publishers to have to give several permissions for the publication of pictures. Government officials were often involved in the political and financial matters of newspaper owners. The media lack independence, editorial independence and freedom. There was no state-funded press.
The 2013 protests that started in Burma were the largest to date. Within only a few days, clashes accelerated into what was one of the most brutal rounds of government repression since 1988. This time, more than 100 people were killed, and scores of thousands more were arrested. According to the Burmese government, some protests were initiated by outside groups, and it was necessary to counter these measures with the army. d2c66b5586