Pew’s latest report on government restrictions on religion released last week found persecution was at a decade high level in 2018.
According to the report:
“In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007.”
The report also found that the number of country’s with “high” or “very high” levels of persecution reached a 5-year high, at 28% of all world governments, meaning threats of property damage, abuse, displacement, imprisonment, and death.
The report also found the highest levels of persecution in Africa and especially Asia. The top 10: China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Syria, Algeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Egypt.
Read the full report from Pew here.