Huge jump in worldwide Christian persecution exacerbated by Covid-19, World Watch List 2021 reveals

Jan 13, 2021 by

By Kelly Valencia, Premier:

The persecution of Christians worldwide has continued to rise, with the coronavirus pandemic intensifying the levels of persecution.

Open Doors has released its yearly list, which records levels of persecution and discrimination around the world. This year more than 340 million Christians faced persecution for their faith – that is up from 260 million in 2020.

An average of one in eight Christians in the world suffers persecution.

The pandemic has made it easier for authoritarian governments such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to increase repression and surveillance.

The Asian giant has re-entered the top 20 for the first time in a decade. Reports say churches in the Henan and Jiangxi provinces have facial recognition systems in all state-approved churches, and virtual church services are monitored.

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See also: 

World Watch List, from Open Doors

A Global Calamity: 340,000,000 Christians Persecutedby Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute

Persecution of Christians in the curfew of Covid. A report on 2020 from the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India:

We need a global response to Beijing’s belligerence, inhumanity and mendacity, by Malcolm Rifkind, Conservative Home:

Nigeria: Christmas sorrow and hope, by Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism: Boko Haram and radicalized Fulani killed dozens of Christians in northern and central Nigeria last month. Christmas is just another time for jihadist slaughter.

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