» 05/23/2014, 00.00
MALDIVES - ISLAM
Under Sharia, the Maldives set to impose the death penalty on 10-year-old children
Internet activists launch a campaign against Sharia, which came into effect on 27 April. If convicted of murder, even children will receive the death sentence, which will be enforced when they reach adulthood after years on death row. Both the UN and the EU condemn the decision.
18/02/2014 MALDIVES - ISLAM
Maldives, President Yameen’s new goals: Islamization and partnership with Beijing
Elected leader three months ago, he has imposed an increasingly conservative vision of Sunni Muslim. On the international level he strengthens ties with China, a strategic commercial partner. In schools the study of Arabic and the Koran introduced.
Sharia in force on atolls of the Maldives
In the archipelago, famous for its beaches and ocean, the Sunni form of Islam is the only religion allowed. The revision of the constitution in August did not bring any substantial developments on religious freedom. At the end of October, the country will choose a new president, but none of the candidates in the initial multiparty elections has addressed the topic.
No place for religious freedom in the Maldives’ new democratic dispensation
President Nasheed had pledged freedom of expression and promised to uphold human rights. Instead under the Maldives’s constitution all Maldivians must still be Sunni Muslims. In order to keep his coalition together he has had to give the Ministry of Religious Affairs to the leader of one of the most intransigent Islamic parties. But voices of dissent are finding their way into the blogosphere.
China, poisoned milk: death penalty for those who break the law
The punishment is stipulated by a new norm regulating production in the dairy industry. It involves the entire chain of production, from individual farmers to the point of sale. While the government announces stiff penalties and new research funds, parents are finding it almost impossible to receive justice.
Three Indonesian Catholics executed by firing squad
First reports suggest the three were executed at Palu's airport. The news is met with grief by the families and all those who were taking part in prayer vigils. In Central Timor people are protesting; demonstrators peacefully take over the Prosecutor's Office.
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