Leader: President Islam Karimov
Government: Authoritarian republic
Population: 29.7 million (210,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism
The regime of President Islam Karimov continues to restrict the freedom of religion, and Christian converts from a Muslim background are facing many problems from their family, friends and community. The fear of an influx of Islamic jihadists, the terrible human rights situation and the succession of President Karimov will remain important happenings. In the past year, the oppression of Christians has been constant. Frequently, houses of Christians are raided and books and other materials confiscated. Most often, the state monitors and heavily fines undue religious movements in order to control them.