World Watch List - The Top 10 Persecuted Countries

By Open Doors International May 7, 2013

*Updated January 2019

Each year Open Doors releases the World Watch List, a detailed analysis of Christian persecution worldwide. In this free resource, countries are evaluated and ranked according to the severity of persecution that occurred in the past year.

They offer the World Watch List free as part of their mission at Open Doors to inform and inspire others with the message of the persecuted.

Inside the World Watch List you will find an extensive treatment of each of the top 50 countries. You will learn how persecution has intensified or decreased in the last year and projections for the coming year.

This year North Korea has topped the list again.

"It is illegal to be a Christian in North Korea and Christians are often sent to labor camps or are killed if they are discovered. The conditions in this country have remained the worst in the world for Christians for the past 13 years.”

The Top 10 most persecuted countries in 2017 are:

  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan 
  6. Sudan
  7. Eritrea
  8. Yemen
  9. Iran
  10. Syria

Download the complete current year World Watch List from Open Doors USA.

Information from Open Doors International, and Voice of the Martyrs,