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Maldives

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population376,000
Christian Population1,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Abdulla Yameen
Score78/100

Maldives

Maldives: Muslim Or Not Maldivian.
Every Maldivian must be a Muslim. Anyone who leaves Islam loses their citizenship. Converting to Christianity is illegal and gathering as a church is virtually impossible. There is no religious freedom in the Maldives, or a completed Bible in the local language. Because of the pressure, many Christians flee the country.

No Freedom For Christians.
Any foreigners living in the Maldives can only practise their faith in private. They’re strictly monitored. The government fears they will share the gospel with locals. 

If anyone converts to Christianity, they are forced to read the Bible in secret. Bibles cannot be imported and owning one could result in imprisonment. A Christian’s freedom of speech is also restricted and they can go to prison for saying anything that doesn’t align with Islam. 

Christmas celebrations are banned. Christian weddings or funerals have to take place in secret. If someone’s faith is discovered they could lose custody of their children, their inheritance and be cut off from their families.

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