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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Maldives: Islamic Ministry To Block Access To Christian Websites..

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced on Saturday that it would block a website promoting Christianity aimed at Maldivians.
Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari said the ministry had consulted experts to find ways to block the site, which was both in Dhivehi and English. He did not reveal the website’s address.
When questioned about the proposed censorship and the contents of the website, Majeed refused to speak to Minivan News.
On Tuesday, as Minivan News searched for the site, it came across one (http://www.sidahitun.com/) which contained material about Jesus Christ and Christian songs published in Dhivehi. The following morning, access to the site was denied.
Sheikh Ibrahim Fareed Ahmed, known for his inflammatory sermons, agreed that all anti-Islamic websites should be banned. “Although this is an Islamic society, some Maldivians’ faith in Islam is not very strong” he said.
“If they have access to these websites because their belief in Islam is weak, there might be a negative impact.”
Fareed added that in order to combat religious apathy, the government should arrange more programmes to promote religious awareness.
“If the faith of Maldivians is strong enough, even hundreds of anti-Islamic websites would not work,” he said.
A similar view was upheld by scholar Sheikh Usman Abdullah who said that as the Maldives is recognised as a wholly Muslim society, all anti-Islamic activities, including websites promoting Christianity, should be banned.
“Such websites are not only blocked in the Maldives but also in other Islamic countries,” he said.
Samuel Wallace, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for South Asia, said he was alarmed to hear officials in the Maldives were seeking to block Christian websites.
“As a member of the United Nations, the Maldives has an obligation to protect the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said. "This includes in Article 18 the ‘right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
“Blocking Christian websites would be a step backwards for the Maldives, making the country more likely to violate other fundamental human rights,” he added.
A report issued by ICC in March revealed that in 1998, a severe crackdown by the authorities resulted in the imprisonment and torture of 50 Maldivians suspected of being Christians and the expulsion of 19 Christian expatriates from several nations.
Human rights undergraduate Hamza Latheef, 23, said while the ministry has not officially acknowledged the existence of non-Muslim communities in the Maldives, the fact they wanted to block websites with Christian evangelical content may indicate the reality of the situation.
The constitution of the Maldives states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought and the freedom to communicate opinions and expression as long as it is not in a manner contrary to any tenet of Islam.
The Protection of Religious Unity Act (Law No. 6/94) guards against all anti-Islamic activities in the Maldives.
In 2006, Amnesty International launched a global campaign to end web censorship in repressive regimes such as the Maldives.
Under Ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s regime opposition websites, such as Dhivehiobserver.com and Maldivesculture.com were banned.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Damien said...

Dhivehi Resistance,

You live in the Maldives? I feel sorry for you.

Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:51:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

This place is a paradise humans are making into a hell

Why would any christian, jew, buddhist, bahai, zoroastrian or gaot worshiper go there on a vacation?

Imagine americans, if Hawaii was ISLAMIST?

There are plenty of other choices
The Malidves main industry is vacation tourism, no?

Go to Skopelos, Fiji, Samoa, Port Douglas, Kealakakua (or anywhere on that coast), the north shore of Kauai, St Thomas or St John.... to hell with the Maldives until they change

Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:14:00 am  

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