The Maldives, long thought to be one of those non-Arab Muslim nations paradigmatic of “tolerance” continues down the road to “radicalization” “Rights of Non-Muslims restricted by new Maldives constitution,” from ICFJ, August 15:
The new Maldives constitution does not grant basic rights and freedoms to non-Muslims in the country, according to the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.
The group condemns the constitution because it violates internationally accepted human rights and standards. For example, the document explicitly states that non-Muslims cannot be granted citizenship.
Meanwhile, up north in India, Muslims are complaining about not receiving “equal treatment.” Even if that was true, still, at least they have citizenship (see entry below).
The Institute on Religion and Public Policy is currently working on a comprehensive analysis of the constitution that will be released in September.
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