Leader: Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Population: 2.3 million (90,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
Christian converts from a Muslim background and Christian migrant workers continue to be pressured. The state religion is strictly conservative Wahhabi Islam. While Muslims are free to worship in public, non-Muslim religious groups are restricted to private houses or designated places. Proselytizing is outlawed and those who criticize Islam are punished. Conversion from Islam to another religion constitutes apostasy, an offense which carries capital punishment. Qatar is one of the largest financial supporters of Islamic terrorism; it reportedly supports Islamic rebels in war zones.