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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
The Maldives remains among the most religiously intolerant places on the planet. Made up of a collection of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, being caught preaching anything other than the government approved version of Islam can get you locked up in prison for up to 5 years. Maldivian Christians make up less than 0.2% of the population and are forced to worship in secret. Please pray for these persecuted and secretive brothers and sisters.
Friday, December 7th, 2012
A Bangladeshi Christian and a U.S. Christian were arrested and deported for bringing Christian literature into the Maldives. The Bangladeshi was in jail for 23 days before he was released. The Maldives claims that 100% of its citizens are Muslim and take “materials contrary to Islam” very seriously.
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Authorities in the Maldives held a Bangladeshi Christian in jail for 23 days before deporting him for bringing Christian literature into the South Asian archipelago that claims to be 100 percent Muslim.
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Raymond Ibrahim reports in Hudson New York that “Egypt's Maspero massacre – where the military killed dozens of Christians protesting the destruction of their churches – dominates October's persecution headlines.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
Island nation cracks down on preaching unofficial Islam, non-Islamic faiths.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Despite a constitution which protects freedom of expression, Christian websites and broadcasts remain illegal and the threat of persecution for publishing anti-Islamic material continues.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Congressman advocates for a Bill to establish a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia to help protect persecuted Christians.
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Mistaking compass she drew for a cross, parents of students threatened to expel her
Friday, January 8th, 2010
The world ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.
Monday, December 7th, 2009
Hostility to freedom of belief continues under President Mohamed Nasheed. Current legislation is under consideration to ban all non-Muslim religious buildings.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
Maldives, traditionally a more liberal Islamic state, is becoming a hotbed for radical Islam
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Just as Maldivian citizens do not have the right to religious freedom – Sunni Islam in the state-approved form is the only permitted faith – migrant workers too are denied this right.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
The scope for religious freedom violations has been increased by the creation of a new and powerful Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Monday, December 15th, 2008
The constitution has one of the worst and most restrictive legal foundations in the world against religious freedom - "a non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the Maldives."
Sunday, December 7th, 2008
A country that thrives on tourists from the West is now seeking to block access to Christian literature in its people's language on the web.
Sunday, October 19th, 2008
The Christians who live in countries where Muslims are majorities face discrimination and physical violence. Such countries don’t allow for construction of churches, conversion of Muslims to Christianity and preaching of the gospel for Muslims.
Sunday, October 19th, 2008
The Maldives is one of the few states – such as Saudi Arabia - that allows only one faith to be practised publicly, and even insists that all citizens must be Muslims.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
The Maldives’ new constitution includes a clause requiring all citizens to be Muslims. The Maldives government says the country is 100 percent Muslim, and also bans the import of un-Islamic texts or symbols.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
The Maldives is synonymous with luxury and elite tourism, but is also synonymous with totalitarian dictatorship and violent political and religious repression involving gross human rights abuses.