|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Abdulla Yameen||376,000 (a few thousand Christians)|
|Source of Persecution||Persecution Level|
|Islamic Oppression, Dictatorial Paranoia||Very High Persecution|
Migrant Christians are closely monitored and their meetings are restricted, while Maldivian Christians must keep their faith completely secret. Converting to another religion means losing your citizenship, and being found to own a Bible could result in a prison sentence. Some Maldivian Christians have been forced to move abroad to escape persecution.
The government sees itself as the protector of Islam, and the judicial system increasingly reflects Sharia (Islamic law); the death penalty has been introduced as punishment for murder, even for children, and a law banning marital rape was vetoed by the president as 'un-Islamic'. Converting to another religion means losing your citizenship, and being found to own a Bible would result in a prison sentence.
While the state does recognise expatriate Christians, church gatherings and buildings are banned, so they are only able to meet in embassies in the capital. Those who live outside the capital sometimes meet in secret for worship, but these meetings are prone to police raids. Even tourists have reported getting into trouble for having a personal copy of the Bible.
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