A new report into religious restrictions around the world confirms that Christians are being harassed in dozens of countries worldwide.
US think-tank Pew Research Center corroborated similar reports on persecution, finding that Christians face challenges and threats for their beliefs in 143 nations. The suffering covered by “harassment” ranged from verbal abuse to physical violence and killings.
Release International, which specifically supports persecuted Christians, welcomed the report but added that the current situation is even worse in China and North Korea than indicated by the report.
Pew found that in 2017, sources in 187 countries reported harassment against all religious groups. The most harassed group after Christians were Muslims, followed by Jews.
The overall figure remained unchanged from 2016, when the figures were at their highest since the study began in 2007.
Considering examples from the previous ten years, it highlighted that in Uganda “Christians were beaten and three were killed for religious reasons in Muslim-majority areas in 2015”.
“The same year, three children were kidnapped because of their father’s conversion from Islam to Christianity. And in 2016, several incidents of violence against converts were reported, including a woman whose husband strangled her to death for leaving Islam.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Institute