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Country Name Long Name
Profile of Persecution Based on the 2018 World Watch List
Violence
97%
Church Life
97%
National Life
97%
Community Life
97%
Family Life
97%
Private Life
97%
Clear
1North Korea 94 / 100
Communist and Post-communist Oppression
Asia
Atheism
2Afghanistan 93 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Central Asia
Islam
3Somalia 91 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
4Sudan 87 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
5Pakistan 86 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
6Eritrea 86 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Africa
Christianity, Islam
7Libya 86 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
8Iraq 86 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
9Yemen 85 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
10Iran 85 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
11India 81 / 100
Religious Nationalism
Asia
Hinduism
12Saudi Arabia 79 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
13Maldives 78 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
14Nigeria 77 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Christianity, Islam
15Syria 76 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
16Uzbekistan 73 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
17Egypt 70 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
18Vietnam 69 / 100
Communist and Post-communist Oppression
Asia
Atheism
19Turkmenistan 68 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
20Laos 67 / 100
Communist and Post-communist Oppression
Asia
Buddhism
21Jordan 66 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
22Tajikistan 65 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
23Malaysia 65 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
24Myanmar 65 / 100
Religious Nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
25Nepal 64 / 100
Religious Nationalism
Asia
Not Set
26Brunei 64 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
27Qatar 63 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
28Kazakhstan 63 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
29Ethiopia 62 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Christianity
30Tunisia 62 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
31Turkey 62 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
32Kenya 62 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Christianity
33Bhutan 62 / 100
Religious Nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
34Kuwait 61 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
35Central African Republic 61 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Christianity, Islam
36Palestinian Territories 60 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
37Mali 59 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
38Indonesia 59 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
39Mexico 59 / 100
Organized Crime and Corruption
Latin America
Christianity
40United Arab Emirates 58 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
41Bangladesh 58 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Asia
Islam
42Algeria 58 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
43China 57 / 100
Communist and Post-communist Oppression
Asia
Atheism
44Sri Lanka 57 / 100
Religious Nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
45Azerbaijan 57 / 100
Dictatorial Paranoia
Central Asia
Not Set
46Oman 57 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
47Mauritania 57 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
48Bahrain 57 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Middle East
Islam
49Colombia 56 / 100
Organized Crime and Corruption
Latin America
Christianity
50Djibouti 56 / 100
Islamic Oppression
Africa
Islam
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