Maldives Muslims Fight for the Right to Flog

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When the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited the Maldives, she wasn’t expecting to make much of a splash there. Officially the Republic of Maldives is a Constitutional democracy with open elections that any Muslim can vote in (not being a Muslim happens to be against the law in the Maldives). Unofficially it’s a paranoid theocracy based on Sharia law where an Indian teacher who drew a compass had to be hurriedly evacuated after students mistook it for a cross.

The United Nations Human Rights apparatus generally tries to avoid looking too closely at human rights in Muslim countries because it knows exactly what it will find. The Maldives is a case in point. So when Navi Pillay stopped by the Maldives she followed the formula to the letter, praising the human rights progress in the Maldives and after a few minutes of that, briefly suggested that perhaps they should stop flogging women accused of premarital sex.

Naturally Pillay did not put it as harshly as I just did. In her words, “The fact that people, especially women, are still flogged in the Maldives is a serious blot on the country’s otherwise increasingly positive and progressive image overseas.” But how progressive can a country be when it outlaws the practice of any religion besides Islam and holds blasphemy trials and where a judge ruled that four men who gang raped a 14 year old would not be imprisoned because the girl had reached the age of puberty?

Despite Pillay’s careful wording, Muslims in the Maldives reacted by holding a protest that accused her of being a “racist Zionist” out to undermine Islam. This was an unfortunate setback for Pillay who had spent a good deal of time condemning Israel, only to be accused of being a “racist Zionist” for suggesting that flogging women might be undermining the progressive image of a country where a cross shaped design on a water bottle is a major scandal.

Maldives’ Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem reassured his fellow Muslims that the government was not about to do anything crazy like ending the flogging of women. “”What’s there to discuss about flogging? There is nothing to debate about in a matter clearly stated in the religion of Islam. No one can argue with Allah. Our foreign ministry will not allow that to happen.”

That is literally true as arguing with Allah is against the law in the Maldives. Two years ago a drunk who tried arguing with Allah was sent to court and was forced to recite the Shahadah, the Islamic profession of faith. But Pillay had been careful not to argue with Allah. In her remarks she praised the Maldives for “reaching out in the Islamic world to promote dialogue on the compatibility of Islam and human rights” only to get a harsh reminder that in the real world Islam and human rights were as compatible as oil and water.

The Republic of Maldives, along with Libya, Cuba, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council, which has not been paying much attention to the right of women not to be flogged in the name of Allah, as it has to the right of Hamas members to blow up Israeli children. The Maldives had met most of the official benchmarks on human rights, so long as no one looked too closely at the fine print.

CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, had been ratified by the Republic of Maldives, with one very minor caveat. “The Government of the Republic of the Maldives reserves its right to apply article 16 of the Convention… without prejudice to the provisions of Islamic sharia, which govern all marital and family relations of the 100 per cent Muslim population of the Maldives.” Which is to say that the Maldives will only grant those rights to women that don’t conflict with a 7th century document that treats women as legal and moral inferiors. But from the UN point of view, that makes the Maldives better than the US which has not ratified CEDAW at all.

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  • anony

    FINALLY! Somebody other than the oppressed Maldivian non-Sunni Muslims finally realizes the truth about the Maldives.

    Due to tourist revenue, the real Maldives is, without a doubt, the worlds best kept, biggest secret. It hides behind a facade of a liberal, Sufi like culture. Please spread this truth, as, there are many severely oppressed, suffering Maldivians who desparately need help. The first step is, letting the world know that they, the non Muslim Maldivians, actually exist! Their existance is kept from the rest of the worlds knoweldge through fear and through image!

    • ganja

      you are wrong, there are no non muslims in maldives, by the maldivian constitution every maldivian are to be muslims, do whatever you can, insha allah you will not succeed, now maldivians are fully aware that president nasheed is an agent of non muslim missionaries. dont worry your agent will be chased out in 2013. – hardcore maldivian –

      • InRussetShadows

        Allah is a demon and your prophet is a pedophile. The Maldives will never be free as long as Islam rules there.

      • kafir

        I understand that the bulk of the non-muslims in the maldives are the productive ones. The muslims, in emulating their pedophilic prophet and inventor of allah the moon god, are koranically lazy, criminals, and rapists.
        So, ganga…..Are you one of them moon god worshippers? mad mo the pedophile your "boss"?

        allahu snackbar.

      • ziontruth

        "…by the maldivian constitution every maldivian are to be muslims,…"

        Aha. But if anyone dares to suggest it might not be appropriate for Muslims in America to construct a mosque on Ground Zero, the screams of "Persecution!" hit the roof.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        you are wrong, there are no non muslims in maldives, by the maldivian constitution every maldivian are to be muslims, do whatever you can, insha allah you will not succeed, now maldivians are fully aware that president nasheed is an agent of non muslim missionaries. dont worry your agent will be chased out in 2013. – hardcore maldivian –

        Actually, you are correct in this context, all citizens of the Maldives are Muslims, whether they like it or not, and ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS like you are also jihadists. A few of them are violent jihadists, while most of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed. Thus, the poster above is also correct, as the Maldive citizens that are not Muslims are in reality blasphemous apostates that are coerced into silence lest they be executed for their blasphemy and apostasy.

        –Hardcore anti-Jihadist.

    • riban

      anony! u idiot. u don't know a thing about Maldives.

      • riban

        The only non-Muslims in Maldives are expatriate workers. You ignorant idiot.

  • Jay

    Spend your tourist dollars elsewhere. Protest Maldives taking away the citizenship of everyone not Muslim in the country. Can you imagine the uproar if an non-Muslim country, even the smallest one, took away the citizenship of Muslims in that country? So too Maldives should face the same uproar for this atrocity and others they are committing.

    • know

      jay! just leave us alone. you talk about your own affairs!

      • Amused

        Oh , dont worry chump ….we will leave you alone . You are after all FREE to create and live in the hell of your own choosing . That's where your perverted cult inevitably leads . If I want to visit a zoo , there are much closer and cheaper alternatives.

    • InRussetShadows

      Good point. The Maldives are now stricken from any consideration in my travel plans.

  • Hussain

    Maldives has a sizable population of non believers, It is inconceivable that everyone of of an entire nation believe in the same God. The international community should help the Maldives non believers. The Maldives should abolish Islamic Sharia and govern as secular state. It immediately stop the barbaric act of flogging victims of rape.

    • truth

      hussain. you pathetic!. you should be ashamed of yourself. There is no sharia law practiced in Maldives and that's the problem. We need full implementation of Sharia. You will just burn in hell. Wait for that day.

      • InRussetShadows

        That's right. You weak, lecherous, and unchaste Muslim men need Sharia law to keep those women underfoot and your sex drive at inhuman levels, don't you? That's when you're not off murdering the innocent or cutting off the hands of folks. Islam is demonology, as you can tell by looking at its results.

      • ziontruth

        "We need full implementation of Sharia."

        Yeah, like those signs at every hippie demon-stration saying, "Humanity needs revolution and Communism."

        In both cases, the writers forgot to add the last part: "…like a hole in the head."

  • Amused

    Now , now folks , there shoud be no surprise here . First of all there is NO SUCH THING as a DEMOCRACY when it involves muslims . Many mistake the "right to vote " as a sure sign of democracy , lol…..suuuure it is . Go to the Maldives at your own risk . It's a perfect example of a once tolerable place which now follows the natural progression ,morphing to the inevitable islamic hell . But hey ….it's just muslims being muslims . To want democracy , and at the same time Sharia law , is an of vitself an oxymoron .
    LOL…scratch the maldives of your lists of places to visit , you'd be better served visiting an insane asylum .

  • aspacia

    More Muslim trolls slither out from their slime to FP. Time for an exterminator.

  • StephenD

    Who cares what the UN has to say about…anything? And why would we be concerned for a place like the Maldives?
    I don't get it. I don't get our concern for this place or the people there. If we just stay away and let them rot we'd be better off. They want to live by the dictates of a 7th century trade route bandit, let them. They want to give up their personhood and free thinking, let them. What we can expect from an entire people who live their lives saying "if it be Allah's will" is eventual ruination. NOTHING good has ever come from an Islamic country and nothing will. The best we can hope for is fertile soil once they rot away.

    • PhillipGaley

      No-o-o-o, "StephenD", Western culture is set apart by belief in The G0D Who Cares, G0D who looks for, and interferes for G0D. While as has been said, "G0D is a gentleman."—HE forces Himself upon no one—His Law finds interest in aggression. Accordingly, the superior nations and culture should put an end to the senseless violence which inheres in the Maldivian perception of conduct and justice as regards these rapes. And while that could be done, the Western nations are so far losing sense of decency as to be almost to lose their place and position. Newt Gingrich, Barney and Chris Dodd are just two examples of the corruption of our political scene, and which appear as imitative of the manners and mores of individual citizens, . . . and our Supreme Court—with so small a perception of the power of decency and the weakness of evil—telling our LEO's that, so long as it's within the performance of their duties, lying, and other use of the implements of malevolence is acceptable, . . .

      Although for a long time, the Maldives has been positioned for correction, who of our leaders has intestinal fortitude sufficient to the calling? Or even, to say so?

  • BS77

    One longs for the day when this horrible scourge on the planet is totally forgotten….

  • tanstaafl

    This Is what happens when cousins marry……..

  • Christian

    They don't like the way that they are living in their own countries and are fleeding to our countries and trying to impose by force their rules on us, should we continue to show patience ??? ! ! !

    • PhillipGaley

      Yes, you are correct: We are to no longer stand idly by in some senseless and false show of forebearance; but and if we fail to act, we—who are presumed to know better—stand in danger of our own candle being removed, . . .

      And a correction to my previous post, the Great Dividion in which Western culture is established is, belief in The G0D interferes for good—although the word "G0D" is simply to mean "penultimate goodness".

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Despite Pillay’s careful wording, Muslims in the Maldives reacted by holding a protest that accused her of being a “racist Zionist” out to undermine Islam. This was an unfortunate setback for Pillay who had spent a good deal of time condemning Israel, only to be accused of being a “racist Zionist” for suggesting that flogging women might be undermining the progressive image of a country where a cross shaped design on a water bottle is a major scandal.

    So much for those trying to sanitize the permanent jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel that is being waged by the Islamic world as a conflict between only Arabs and Jews because the Jews are greedy and evil land grabbers. Indeed, if this is a conflict between just Arabs and greedy Jews in Israel only, then someone needs to tell the Maldives to bud out.

    As a matter of fact, because most people in the world don't understand what jihad is because thanks to PC multiculturalism jihad is always conflated and morally equated with terrorism, they don't understand that unlike terrorism that jihad can be both violent and non-violent.

    Indeed, the overwhelming mass majority of Muslims living in the world today favor pursuing jihad primarily via non-violent stealth and deceptive means only as opposed to violent means of jihad, because first of all it is far more effective in the long run relative to the violent varieties of jihad, as they view the violent varieties of jihad – such as the 9/11 jihad attacks – as being exceedingly counterproductive since it attracts unwanted scrutiny and focus on Islam, which is the last thing the Islamic world wants.

    Nevertheless, because of PC multiculturalism that as a rule automatically conflates and morally equates jihad with terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent, the many varieties of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad that are employed far more prevalently relative to violent jihad consequently takes place today completely unnoticed, unacknowledged, and unopposed.

    In fact, thanks to PC multiculturalism most people aren't even aware that the non-violent stealth and deceptive varieties of jihad even exist. As a matter of fact, the reason Al Qaeda is waging a violent jihad against the House of Saud is because the House of Saud is the leading proponent in the Islamic world of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, while Al Qaeda, on the other hand, is the biggest advocate of violent jihad. However, both sides, the House of Saud and Al Qaeda, both share the same exact same goal, which is to make Islam supreme.

    Hence, what is an example of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad that takes place totally unnoticed, unopposed, and unacknowledged today? Mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of demographic conquest to make Islam supreme is probably the most prevalent form of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad being pursued today to make Islam supreme. As Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the eventual imposition of Sharia for the purpose of demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

    Indeed, in country after country and anywhere and everywhere mass Muslim immigration is taking place in the world today, like clockwork the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and instead form segregated Muslim enclaves that over time morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention of the laws to the states in which they reside.

    However, this very obvious phenomenon, which is taking place all over the world completely unopposed, is also always avoided like the plague today by the so-called MSM, which includes Fox News, by the way, as both political parties – the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party – are really two sides of the same leftwing coin, and I'm sorry to say that the Left is in bed with the Islamic world.

    Indeed, as this article clearly illustrates, all females, Christians, and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living throughout the Islamic world as second-class dhimmi citizens like clockwork are violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether in every Islamic country in the world, per the dictates of Islam. Yet, because the so-called MSM, which, by the way, includes Fox News, is controlled by the Left which is in bed with the Islamic world, the press therefore always avoids those issues again like the plague, and to the extent that on occasion violent and systematic oppression of females and non-Muslim dhimmis does get covered, it is always presented out of context as being sectarian violence instead of what it really is.

  • mrbean

    My friend Beavis likes flogging. heh heh hehh hhehh Flogging should be allowed for those who don't score heheh hhehh No flogging sucks! heh hehh heheheh

  • Amused

    As for the maldives ,and any possible future tourist trade there , the words of a song by the WHO , come to mind : " gonna rape you ,then forsake you , lets forget you better still " .
    If the Maldives people want to make their lives hell on Earth , so be it . To all muslims desiring Sharia I say , go ahead , have a ball , go do it in the places where it is the common desire , and thus torture yourselves and your fellows , but attempt to bring it here to my country ,and put it on me , THAT -will only get you hot lead , right between the eyes .

  • riban

    We don't care about you Americans. We don't want you to visit us. Even now, there are no tourists arriving from USA. You rot with your downward economy. Hell with you.

    • mrbean

      I haf ugly girlfriend name Riban Nyugen. She luf me long time. She soo hawny! She numba one hay in roll. Anything I want! Haf to put bag offar head dough!

      • riban

        You don't have any regard or respect to your girlfriends and still talk about rights of women? Hypocrisy at it's extreme!!!!!!!

  • riban

    You Americans, do you know know that you are burning in you record-breaking debt of 15 Trillion and more. heheheh hahahah. you jealous idiots.

    • mrbean

      Take you down with us. Remember, misery loves company!

      • riban

        I wouldn't go down with you, for sure, remember!

  • truth

    You extremist Americans with extremist insulting slurs. Still you dare to talk about others? You should be ashamed of yourselves. …. homosexuals!

  • The Infidel Alliance

    The Maldives economy is tourism based.

    Please boycott the Maldives.

    ~ The Infidel Alliance

    • virtue

      Currently no American visit Maldives. So, boycott. We don't care. We don't wanna see your hypocrite faces.

  • kafir

    If muslims want to flog, rape, kill, maim, honor kill, etc. other muslims, who cares? If every muslim were to kill just one muslim a day, the problem would go away within a week or two.

    allahu snackbar, and pass the bacon!

    • truth

      kafir…u will rot in hell.

      • radicalconservative

        “truth”, you embrace a cult of murderous mayhem. good grief mohammed was a killer and a pedophile. grow up. islam offers nothing good for rhe world, only evil.

        • Truth

          Hey the radical guy. It's ironic that you yourself call youself a radical. hahahah. busted!

          Hey, I do not embrace any cult or whatsoever of any murderous mayhem. I do not call for killing innocent ppl. You ignorant. You are the pedophile. you just say things like that to satisfy you evil deed. Nothing else.
          I am the truth and you are the radical. grow up!

  • musthaq

    Always these woman rights and children rights or weather it is human rights has been a political tool of the western propaganda navi pillay came to Maldives and has told to stop what's in the Islamic shariah what that is flogging and has discriminated a Islamic law in the Maldives to abolish and she has claimed to do a debate on that weather Maldives should establish the laws of Islam or not, that is what we don't want to accept and that kind of person can't come to our Islamic nation and disregard the law that God has commanded us to establish. flogging is not a punishment only for woman

    God says: The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment. Surat: An-Nur [24:2] Qur'an سورة النور