World Watch List

The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians suffer very high or extreme levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. Explore the country profiles to find information, stories and prayers for each of the countries, along with ways that you can stand with the persecuted church in prayer and action. More about the World Watch List.

☰ Ranking
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  • Leader
  • No. of Christians
  • Main Religion
  • Persecution Source
Persecution Level
  • Violence
  • Private Life
  • Family Life
  • Community Life
  • National Life
  • Church Life
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Country
Persecution Source
Region
Main Religion
1    North Korea
Communist oppression Asia Atheism, traditional beliefs
2    Afghanistan
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
3    Somalia
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
4    Libya
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
5    Pakistan
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
6    Eritrea
Totalitarianism Africa Islam
7    Yemen
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
8    Iran
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
9    Nigeria
Islamic extremism Africa Christainity/Islam
10    India
Religious nationalism Asia Hinduism
11    Iraq
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
12    Syria
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
13    Sudan
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
14    Saudi Arabia
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
15    Maldives
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
16    Egypt
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
17    China
Communist oppression Asia Atheism
18    Myanmar
Religious nationalism Asia Buddhism
19    Vietnam
Communist oppression Asia Buddhism
20    Mauritania
21    Uzbekistan
Totalitarianism Asia Islam
22    Laos
23    Turkmenistan
Totalitarianism Asia Islam
24    Algeria
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
25    Turkey
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
25    Turkey
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
26    Tunisia
27    Morocco
28    Mali
Islamic extremism Africa Islam
29    Qatar
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
30    Colombia
Corruption and Organized Crime Latin America Christianity
31    Bangladesh
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
32    Burkina Faso
Islamic extremism Africa Islam, Christianity
33    Tajikistan
34    Nepal
Religious nationalism Asia Hinduism
35    Central African Republic
Islamic extremism Africa Christianity/Islam
36    Ethiopia
Islamic extremism Africa Christianity/Islam
37    Mexico
Corruption and Organized Crime Latin America Christianity
38    Jordan
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
39    Brunei
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
40    DROTC
Islamic Oppression Africa Christianity
41    Kazakhstan
Totalitarianism Asia Islam
42    Cameroon
Islamic extremism Africa Christianity
43    Bhutan
Religious nationalism Asia Constitutional Monarchy
44    Oman
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
45    Mozambique
Islamic extremism Africa Christainity
46    Malaysia
47    Indonesia
48    Kuwait
Islamic extremism Asia Islam
49    Kenya
Islamic extremism Africa Christianity