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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World Watch List for Christian Persecution

2014 The World Watch List for Christian Persecution (WWL)

Open Doors International compiles a list of countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. Listed below is the top 25 countries for 2014 (ODI list has 50 countries) and the comparable ranking in 2013.

Note that Syria has leapfrogged from #11 in 2013 to #3 in 2014, the biggest jump in the countries studied. Both Pakistan and Myanmar also had big increase in its rankings, although not at the severity as experienced by Syria.

Country2014 Rank2013 Rank
North Korea11
Somalia25
Syria311
Iraq44
Afghanistan53
Saudi Arabia62
Maldives76
Pakistan814
Iran98
Yemen109
Sudan1112
Eritrea1210
Libya1317
Nigeria1413
Uzbekistan1516
Central African
Republic
16new
Ethiopia1715
Vietnam1821
Qatar1920
Turkmenistan2019
Laos2118
Egypt2225
Myanmar2332
Brunei2427
Colombia2546
India2831

With the exception of North Korea – ranked No. 1 for the 12th year in a row – every other country on the top 10 list had as its source of persecution, Islamic extremism. North Korea's persecution of Christians was due to communist oppression and dictatorial paranoia, explained Open Doors in its 2014 World Watch List. According to the report, the countries with the most extreme persecution besides North Korea are: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen, respectively.

Open Doors', the Christian persecution watchdog, methodology involved measuring the level of Christian freedom found in five spheres of life: private, family, community, national, and church. A sixth sphere regarding degree of violence also factors in to the rankings.

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