World Watch List
A ranking of the top 50 countries where Christians face
the most severe persecution for their faith
Each year, Open Doors publishes the World Watch List to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The list represents believers in Jesus Christ who are arrested, harassed, tortured — even killed — for their faith.
Christians are being persecuted in more countries and in more ways than ever before. For over 20 years Open Doors has been releasing the World Watch List annually. It is credited as the best and most authoritative report of its kind.
2017 World Watch List Top 5
North Korea #1