Persecution of Christians around the world today

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Persecution Today


In some countries, such as North Korea and Saudi Arabia, it is unlawful for a citizen to be a Christian, and public conversion is punishable by execution. In many Islamic countries, although conversion is illegal, it is not officially punished, however, family members often take the law into their own hands by honour killings.

In more liberal and Western countries there is very little persecution against Christians, although Christianity is sometimes ridiculed in the media and by the general public.

Each year the organisation Open Doors compiles a list of the countries where severe persecution of Christians occurs. For the last four years, communist North Korea has been the worse offended, closely followed by Islamic Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia and the Maldives. Its 2007 list of the ten countries where persecution of Christians is worst is as follows

  1. North Korea
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Iran
  4. Somalia
  5. Maldives
  6. Yemen
  7. Bhutan
  8. Vietnam
  9. Laos
  10. Afghanistan



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