Persecution watchdog releases updated list of worst countries for Christians

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Aid organization has recently released a list of the countries experiencing worst Christian persecution worldwide. The report houses seven countries where Christians and other religious minorities are bearing the brunt of intense persecution.

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Aid to the Church in Need has released a report titled the 2016 “Religious Freedom in the World.” The report contains data regarding religious intolerance and persecution- the report delineated that the phenomenon has increased around the world, in particular between June 2014 and 2016 – which coincides with the rise of ISIS.

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The report stated that 38 out of the 196 countries examined- “had committed violations of religious freedom.” 23 countries were grouped under the category of top-level “Persecution” while 15 were categorized as “Discrimination” group. The report explained that non-state actors had been pivotal for fanning persecution in 12 out of the 23 worst-offending countries.

The seven countries named in the list included, Afghanistan, Iraq (northern), Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Syria. The report further explained that the state of religious freedom further deteriorated in 14 countries, nonetheless “there have been some improvements in Bhutan, Egypt and Qatar since the last study was conducted in 2014.”