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Youth Ministry: support crucial in maintaining religious unity

Mariyam Malsa
05 October 2019, MVT 21:07
Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment speaking during a press conference. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
05 October 2019, MVT 21:07

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, on Saturday, released a statement asserting that support from all organizations registered in Maldives was critical for the success of government efforts to maintain religious unity in the country.

Issued in response to Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN)'s alleged slander of Prophet Mohammed in its 2016 report, the statement called on all clubs, associations and organizations registered in Maldives to cooperate with the state's efforts to preserve religious unity. They were also urged to adhere to the constitution and all Maldivian laws.

Noting that the previous governement did not take any action concerning the issue, the youth ministry added that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs handed the matter over to the police on Thursday once it came to the attention of the current administration.

The youth ministry also confirmed that the police had commenced investigating the case.

The 'Preliminary Assesment of Radicalisation in Maldives' criticized the Maldivian education system, claiming that the rhetoric of certain textbooks encouraged extremism and highlighting certain passages from the Quran.

According to the islamic ministry, MDN's report contained written accounts which contradicted the tenents of Islam and threatened the religious unity of Maldives.

MDN has come under fire for the report, with several members of the public demanding the NGO's closure on social media platforms.

The NGO which promotes human rights and democracy in Maldives has since removed the report from its website and issued a public apology.

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