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A Day in the Life of a Persecuted Christian in the Maldives

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The island nation of the Maldives claims to have a 100% Muslim population. The ultra conservative Muslim nation enforces this international image domestically causing Christians within the Maldives to live double lives just to follow Christ without reprisal. Please pray for the secret believers in the Maldives.

Persecution and Intolerance continue to Reign Supreme in the Maldives

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.

Christian Literature Reason for Arrest of Two Christians in Maldives

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.

Christian Deported from Maldives for Bringing in Literature

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.

Christian Leader Jailed in the Maldives for Carrying Christian Books

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011

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.

Maldives Arrests, Deports Indian Teacher For Owning Bible

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Island nation cracks down on preaching unofficial Islam, non-Islamic faiths.

Maldives: Government Blocks Christian Websites And Broadcasts

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.  

Embattled Christians in Egypt, Iran, Libya, and other Hot Spots Need ‘Special’ Help

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.

Muslims Force Expat Christian Teacher to Flee Maldives

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Mistaking compass she drew for a cross, parents of students threatened to expel her

Islamic Christianophobia

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The world ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.

Maldives: What Do Maldivians Understand Freedom of Religion or Belief to be?

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.

Islamic Extremism Seeking Root in Maldives

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Maldives, traditionally a more liberal Islamic state, is becoming a hotbed for radical Islam

No Religious Freedom for Migrant Workers in Tourist-Dependent Maldives

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.

Reform excludes freedom of religion or belief

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.

Analysis of Troubling Maldives Constitution

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."

Ministry To Block Access To Christian Website

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.

How Christians Are Treated In Muslim Lands

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.

What do the Maldives and Saudi Arabia Have in Common?

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.

American NGO Condemns Maldives Constitution Over Religion Clause

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.

Maldives: Hope is born.

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.

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