North Korea Heads Surge In Christian Persecution Worldwide, Dramatic Rise In India

ChristianToday.com reports: “Christian persecution is rising rapidly across Asia, with a dramatic increase in India and surrounding countries, according to Open Doors.

India, Yemen, Bangladesh and Laos have witnessed the biggest rises in Christian persecution, the persecution charity’s latest World Watch List reveals.

North Korea tops the list again, as it has for the past 15 years.

One of the most common causes of persecution is the growing numbers of attacks by extremists.

The list documents the 50 worst countries in which to live as a Christian. The report will be discussed at the House of Commons at a cross-party launch hosted by Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP.

‘This year there is a clear pattern of rising religious intolerance across the Indian sub-continent which affects many millions of Christians,’ said Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland.

‘Religious nationalists attempt to forcibly convert people to the dominant faith of their nation, often turning to violence when community discrimination and non-violent oppression do not succeed in imposing their religious beliefs on minority Christians. These Christians are often from the lower castes, such as the Dalits in India who face huge socio-economic problems – they are an easy target for extreme nationalists.’…”

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