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:
2. Democratic Republic of Congo
3. Sri Lanka
5. Islamic Republic of Mauritania
6. Russian Federation
14. Ivory Coast
The United States has had changing relations with both Cuba and Russia, which is noteworthy for American believers.
Christianity remains one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world with many instances of Christian torture. While persecution can take many forms, Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, torture, rape and even death as result of their faith.