Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims
- Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of hostility in Asia last year, a region the report describes as ‘the new hotbed of persecution’
- Experts say China seems to be forcing Christians into ‘the North Korean model – weak, small and invisible in the deep underground’
Christians suffered high levels of persecution in Asia last year, according to a new report, which described the situation facing the faith in China as the worst since the Cultural Revolution.
The annual Open Doors World Watch List, released on Wednesday, said Asia is “the new hotbed of persecution for Christians”.
It noted a sharp increase in the persecution of Christians in Asia over the past five years – but with a dramatic spike in 2018, driven by the likes of a rise in Hindu ultra-nationalism in India, radical Islamism in Indonesia and tougher religious regulations in China.
North Korea was ranked as the world’s most anti-Christian country for the 18th consecutive year. Pakistan and India were determined to have “extreme” levels of Christian persecution, with the Maldives, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam rounding out Asian countries in the top 20.