countries

Algeria

Algerian Christians face challenges at various levels. Since 2006, any group wanting to use a building for non-Muslim worship must obtain permission…

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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. Blasphemy and contempt for religion provisions of the Penal Code…

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Libya

Key challenges faced by the tiny group of national Christians are family and societal pressure. Family and clan ties are very strong in Libya.,,

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Mauritania

Christians face severe restrictions in practice. While expatriate Christians are permitted to worship, such 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

In recent years some reconstruction and renovation of Greek Orthodox church buildings has been permitted, especially in tourist areas, including a monastery…

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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 have not yet been accepted by the Saudi authorities. Expatriate Christians…

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Somalia

Due Somalia’s strong clan and family culture, Somalis who choose to leave Islam are likely to face strong family and societal pressure, including…

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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 the majority of the country that is under government control…

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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 pressures persist. Those who choose to leave Islam face family and societal pressure…

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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 come principally from non-state actors, given the weak application of the rule of law in many parts of the country…

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