countries

Algeria

Algerian Christians face challenges at different levels. Applications by churches for official recognition through the registration process continue to…

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Bahrain

Expatriate Christians enjoy considerable freedom in Bahrain, provided that their activities are restricted to designated compounds and, in particular, that they…

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Egypt

Christians have traditionally enjoyed good standing in society, with guaranteed representation in Parliament. However, restrictions apply to…

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Iran

Officially recognised churches have been subjected to increasingly restrictive controls since 2011. Churches are effectively banned from using the Farsi…

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Iraq

The advance and military offensive of Daesh (so-called ‘Islamic State’) in June 2014 led to mass displacement, including of Christians whose heartlands…

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Israel

Messianic believers have at times faced social prejudice and harassment. In some cases Jewish people seeking to enter Israel under the Law of Return…

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Jordan

Christians generally enjoy good standing in society, even having guaranteed representation in Parliament (at a disproportionately high level, given…

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Kuwait

Expatriate Christians enjoy comparative freedom in Kuwait, provided that their activities are restricted to designated compounds and, in particular…

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Lebanon

Christians generally enjoy good standing in society and a high degree of religious freedom. Some discern growing political pressure against Christian…

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Libya

Key challenges faced by expatriate Christians in Libya primarily derive from the ongoing political and security crisis and the lack of application of…

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Mauritania

Christians face severe restrictions in practice. While expatriate Christians are permitted to worship, Christian activities are restricted to designated…

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Morocco

Registered expatriate Christian communities enjoy considerable freedom in Morocco, provided that they avoid interaction with Muslims that could be construed…

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N Cyprus

The Greek Orthodox Church in the Republic of Cyprus has made regular complaints in recent years about desecration of buildings, restrictions on or non-…

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Oman

Expatriate Christians enjoy considerable freedom in Oman, provided that their activities are restricted to designated compounds and that they avoid…

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Palestine

Some of the challenges facing Christians in Palestine vary by area according to the governing authorities. In recent years, Christian communities in the…

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Qatar

Expatriate Christians enjoy considerable freedom in Qatar, provided that their activities are restricted to designated compounds and, in particular, …

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Saudi Arabia

Calls for expatriate Christians to be permitted to worship in public, on the grounds of reciprocity, have been rejected by the Saudi authorities. Expatriate…

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Somalia

Somali Christians face very significant challenges. There is no officially recognised church in any part of Somalia. Pressures are principally from non-…

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Sudan

Sudanese Christians face intense pressures. Recognised Christian communities have increasingly been marginalised and their freedom to worship obstructed…

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Syria

Syria’s Christian communities face multiple challenges within the context of the current conflict. In parts of the country, in particular those areas…

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Tunisia

Both expatriate and local Christian communities enjoy relative freedom in Tunisia, provided that they avoid activities that could be construed as…

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Turkey

Christians in Turkey enjoy a considerable degree of freedom, though a number of pressures persist. Some long-standing legal cases involving Christians…

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UAE

Expatriate Christians enjoy considerable freedom in the UAE, provided that they avoid activities that could be construed as proselytism. In recent years…

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Yemen

Pressures faced by Christians in Yemen come principally from non-State actors, given the political instability and weak application of the rule of law in many…

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