Facts on Worldwide, Christian Persecution
Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus:
1. North Korea
The listed nations (Top 50) contain 309 million Christians living in places with very high or extreme levels of persecution, up from 260 million in last year’s list.
Worldwide registered martyrdoms rose to 4,761 in the 2021 report, up 60 percent from the 2,983 tallied the year before and surpassing the 4,305 deaths noted in the 2019 report.
The latest Pew Research Center analysis of governmental and societal hostilities toward religion found that Christians were harassed in 145 countries in 2018, more than any other religious group. Muslims were harassed in 139 countries, followed by Jews in 88 countries.
Sources: Christianity Today/Open Doors 2021 World Watch List