Open Doors publishes a new edition of the World Watch List identifying as many as 78 countries with high levels of hostility against Christianity in the world. North Korea and Nigeria stand out among those with “extreme persecution”.
In Plateau alone, where the latest massacre took place, at least 315 Christians have been killed and 80,000 displaced since April 2023. The Christian Association of Nigeria organised a demonstration.
Dutch Christian MEP, Bert-Jan Ruissen has organised the exposition. “The EU has a moral duty to credibly protect freedom of religion”, he said in the opening.
The place where the Christian band Melody now meets to sing was once used as a shooting range by ISIS radicals.
Days after fighting between the army and paramilitaries erupted in Khartoum, 270 people have already been killed and over 1,800 injured.
A large majority refuses the initiative of the AfD party saying it would criminalise Muslims and is based on “wrong” data.
A bomb exploded during a Sunday baptismal service. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
Not everyone is able to worship with the same freedom in the country hosting the 2022 football World Cup. Open Doors UK and Ireland asked believers in Doha.
The FIFA World Cup has turned critical eyes to the small Persian Gulf country. Three people on the ground analyse the freedom of Christians.
The organisation asks authorities “to allow any religious organization to operate peacefully, free from monitoring and interference”.
The death of Mahsa Amini sparked protests across Iran. Christians inside and outside the country demand “an end to imposition and discriminatory laws”.
As everything gets ready for the largest football event, Christians pray to see a change in the absolutist emirate.
A video obituary about how the founder of Open Doors known as "God's Smuggler" saw his own life.
After becoming a Christian, he started smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe. He died at the age of 94 in his home country Netherlands.
The International Ministerial on Freedom of Religion or Belief says it aims to “tackle online harm and strengthen human rights education”. Evangelicals say “words must be matched with action”.
While the state of Karnataka passes an 'anti-conversion' law, evangelicals denounce the government “is empowering lynch mobs to target the next Christian they see”.
The World Evangelical Alliance sends a report to the United Nations denouncing “how the Indian government has fostered violence and legal discrimination against religious and social minorities”.
Human rights organisations denounce that dozens of Christian places of worship have been destroyed in the last year.
The Winter Olympics begin this week amid complaints about the Chinese regime's “massive abuses” of minorities and the strict surveillance of its citizens.
In Qatar, host of the football World Cup, converts from Islam face physical, psychological and (for women) sexual violence. Globally, over 5,000 attacks on Christian churches have been recorded.
Afghanistan is new at the top of the Open Doors WWL 2022. Discover the full list.
The Islamic country replaces North Korea at the top of the World Watch List after 20 years. One in seven Christians worldwide suffers persecution, says Open Doors.
Christians and churches worldwide will join for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Christians on November 7 and 14.
With the events of the last few days, we can only expect the pressure to increase, making the living conditions of Christians even more difficult, if possible. By Ted Blake.
The Religious Liberty Partnership denounces “the gross violation of human rights and religious freedom”. Around 700 people have been killed and over 3,000 arrested since February.