MDN suspended over controversial report

MDN suspended over controversial report

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, on Thursday, suspended Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) over releasing a report which undermines the Islamic religion.

According to the ministry's statement, MDN was suspended regarding the ongoing Police investigation into written accounts contradicting the tenets of Islam included in the 'Preliminary Assesment of Radicalisation in Maldives'.

MDN was suspended under the authority granted to the registrar, per the Associations Act. The Youth Ministry is mandated to oversee clubs, associations and organizations.

The report, released in 2015, criticized the Maldivian education system, claiming that the rhetoric of certain textbooks encouraged extremism and highlighted certain passages from the Quran.

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

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs submitted the case to the police on October 3.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih recently asserted that allegations against MDN would be "thoroughly investigated" and guaranteed appropriate measures against the NGO.