Leader: President Abdulla Yameen
Population: 358,000 (several Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Persecution Level: Extreme
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
The Islamic government continues to see itself as the protector of Islam, instituting a set of laws that basically prohibits a Maldivian to convert to religions other than Islam, on the penalty of facing harsh consequences including losing citizenship. To be Maldivian is equated with being a Muslim, leaving no room for any deviation. Officially, there are no Maldivian Christians, only expatriate Christians. The few Maldivian Christians have no room at all to meet and take all precautionary measures possible to avoid being discovered. Christians are deeply underground as they know about the consequences if they are discovered.