Christian persecution is on the rise, as about 75 percent of total population in the world is living without religious freedom. This data was publicized by European Union’s special envoy Jan Figel on the occasion of International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day this week. “Therefore, those who believe that humanity should prevail can, and should do, much more for freedom of religion. We are witnesses of a systematic and mass murder, martyrdom and persecution on several territories,” Figel stated.
Open Doors, a Christian persecution watch dog said that more than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith between Nov. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015. It was revealed that over 3,000 more Christians were killed for faith-related reasons. Moreover, more than 2,400 churches were either attacked, damaged or destroyed, which is a doubled number from last year.
Open Doors USA President David Curry stated: “Islamic extremist caliphates are solidified and expanding. The data shows that the Islamic State caliphate has effectively carried out genocide against Yazidis and Christians in Syria and Iraq, pushing hundreds of thousands of Christians into refugee camps in North Iraq and other countries.”
It was concluded that the rise in Christian persecution is owing to the advent of extremist groups like the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab in the Iraq, Syria, rest of Middle East and Africa. ISIS had caused massive humanitarian crisis in the region.