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The State Of Freedom Of Religion in Maldives

Categories: South Asia, Maldives, Development, Education, Governance, Law, Religion

The Maldives ranks high on the list of governments that restrict religious freedom [1]. Maldivian citizens have to be Muslim and cannot practice any religion other than Islam. Non-Muslim foreigners [2] cannot vote, worship publicly, obtain citizenship, and hold public positions.

Journalist Hilath Rasheed [3] notes that Maldives perhaps will not be able to establish freedom of religion in the next 50 years until the mindset changes among the new generations of Maldivians.