2019 World Watch List Press Room

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The World Watch List uses data from Open Doors fieldworkers and independent experts to track the deep structures of persecution. It measures the degree of freedom a Christian has to live out their faith in five spheres of life—private, family, community, national and church life—plus a sixth sphere measuring the degree of violence. The data is translated into points and countries are ranked accordingly. The list is independently audited by the International Institute for Religious Freedom.

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Quick facts:

  • More than 245 million Christians in the world are highly persecuted for their Christian faith.
  • 1 in 9 Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution
  • 14%: The rise in the number of Christians in the top 50 countries on the 2019 World Watch List who experience high levels of persecution. (from the 2018 reporting period to 2019’s)
  • 4,136: Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.
  • 2,625: Christians detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.
  • 1,266: churches or Christian buildings attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.
  • North Korea has been ranked #1 on the World Watch List for 18 consecutive years.
  • The research period for the 2019 World Watch List took place from October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2018.

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North Korea (Rank #1) Download
Afghanistan (Rank #2) Download
Somalia (Rank #3) Download
Libya (Rank #4) Download
Pakistan (Rank #5) Download
Sudan (Rank #6) Download
Eritrea (Rank #7) Download
Yemen (Rank #8) Download
Iran (Rank #9) Download
India (Rank #10) Download
Syria (Rank #11) Download
Nigeria (Rank #12) Download
Iraq (Rank #13) Download
Maldives (Rank #14) Download
Saudi Arabia (Rank #15) Download
Egypt (Rank #16) Download
Uzbekistan (Rank #17) Download
Myanmar (Rank #18) Download
Laos (Rank #19) Download
Vietnam (Rank #20) Download
Central African Republic (Rank #21) Download
Algeria (Rank #22) Download
Turkmenistan (Rank #23) Download
Mali (Rank #24) Download
Mauritania (Rank #25) Download
Turkey (Rank #26) Download
China (Rank #27) Download
Ethiopia (Rank #28) Download
Tajikistan (Rank #29) Download
Indonesia (Rank #30) Download
Jordan (Rank #31) Download
Nepal (Rank #32) Download
Bhutan (Rank #33) Download
Kazakhstan (Rank #34) Download
Morocco (Rank #35) Download
Brunei (Rank #36) Download
Tunisia (Rank #37) Download
Qatar (Rank #38) Download
Mexico (Rank #39) Download
Kenya (Rank #40) Download
Russia (Rank #41) Download
Malaysia (Rank #42) Download
Kuwait (Rank #43) Download
Oman (Rank #44) Download
United Arab Emirates (Rank #45) Download
Sri Lanka (Rank #46) Download
Colombia (Rank #47) Download
Bangladesh (Rank #48) Download
Palestinian Territories (Rank #49) Download
Azerbaijan (Rank #50) Download

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WWL Overview Video

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