Pakistan sixth most dangerous country for Christians

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws continue to be abused to settle personal scores, especially against minorities, report says


News Desk July 29, 2016
Children come out after visiting the St John Cathedral Church illuminated with lights ahead of Christmas celebrations in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan is ranked sixth on the list of countries where Christians are most persecuted, according to World Watch List 2016.

The survey, conducted by Open Doors, an organisation working to help persecuted Christians and churches worldwide, highlights the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. The report found that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws continue to be abused to settle personal scores, particularly against minorities, including Christians.

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“A pregnant woman and her husband were thrown into the kiln where they worked and burned to death after being accused of blasphemy, orphaning their four children. Two churches in Lahore were bombed, killing 25 people and wounding dozens. An estimated 700 Christian girls and women are abducted every year, and often then raped and forcibly married to Muslims,” the report adds.

Map: Open Doors

The list ranks North Korea as the most oppressive place in the world to live as a Christian. It adds that in 2015, persecution grew most rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa, while in the Middle East, Islamic State violence increased the migration of the Christian population from the region.

The index measures the degrees of freedom that Christians have to express their faith in six spheres - private, family, community, national and church life, while also measuring levels of violence.

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The full rankings of the levels of persecution are as follows:

Extreme

North Korea

Iraq

Eritrea

Afghanistan

Syria

Pakistan

Somalia

Sudan

Iran

Very high

Libya

Yemen

Nigeria

Maldives

Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan

Kenya

India

Ethiopia

Turkmenistan

Vietnam

Qatar

Egypt

Myanmar

Palestinian Territories

Brunei

High

Central African Republic

Jordan

Djibouti

Laos

Malaysia

Tajikistan

Tunisia

China

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Tanzania

Algeria

Bhutan

Comoros

Mexico

Kuwait

Kazakhstan

Indonesia

Mali

Turkey

Colombia

United Arab Emirates

Bahrain

Niger

Oman

This article originally appeared on Independent.

COMMENTS (8)

Ntare Rivuze Alexis | 6 years ago | Reply we are very broken hearts and weeping to hear our brothers who Now still persected from theirs Christianity. as areas Apostles in Acts like Peter. Jemes, JHON. etc..., this it make us very suprised we know then each peoples has freedom to choose his God, and Religious he must follow to prayer without any Violence, there is even some peoples who don't prayer the trouly God. they prayer others gods. but they are free !, then why this Leaders of Pakstan lefter theirs Citizen live in many pains of killed, from beleive Jesus Christ, are they themselves who beleive Jesus Christ around the world? or to beleive Jesus Christ is it Crime Gedger by Internationl LAW'S?. please we don't accepter this persecution move to ours brothers Christians in Pakistan for nothing , if the pakistan's Leaders are not knowing Jesus Chris, they may know Democracie. we prayer, UN,USA,Human Ripht,POPER, help,
Bishop Dr. FS Bhatti | 6 years ago | Reply It is humble request to pray for Leaders , May God Give them wisdom to reduce extremism and discrimination because all Adam' children. Please read my Article , i hope you can understand where we are standing as human in beast system. Please publish it, it is suitable to publish. Here is link to read
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