Which Countries Didn’t Make the World Watch List?

June 14, 2016 by Janelle P in

Each January, the World Watch List is released from Open Doors to identify the top 50 countries where persecution is the most extreme. There are many more countries where believers face oppression, however, and these countries remain on the cusp of the list each year.

While closely monitoring persecution throughout the year, 15 nations made our World Watch List: On The Cusp list. Nine are from Africa (where radical Islam has dramatically increased), three are located in Asia, two from Europe and one in North America:

1. Nepal

2. Democratic Republic of Congo

3. Sri Lanka

4. Chad

5. Islamic Republic of Mauritania

6. Russian Federation

7. Morocco

8. Kyrgyzstan

9. Cameroon

10. Uganda

11. Belarus

12. Cuba

13. Senegal

14. Ivory Coast

15. Gambia

The United States has had changing relations with both Cuba and Russia, which is noteworthy for American believers.

Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While persecution can take many forms, Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, torture, rape and even death as result of their faith.

For information on our World Watch List ranking methodology, visit our site here. For the complete 2016 World Watch List, click here.

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