Jan 16: Release of 2019 Open Doors World Watch List

Global Indicator of Countries Where Religious Rights Are Violated to Be Revealed

One in 12 Christians worldwide (more than 215 million) faces high levels of religious persecution, and there are few signs of this decreasing. On Jan. 16, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry will reveal the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List—a ranking of the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian—and provide an update on the state of persecuted Christians worldwide. As radical Islam spreads, religious nationalism rises and intense persecution in Central Asia continues, a few countries new to the list may come as a surprise.

Open Doors will also share commentary around gender-based persecution, which has continued to rise, resulting in the double persecution of women. The organization will also address and provide context on current issues such as Asia Bibi, Kim Jong Un, and the religious crackdown and arrests in China.

The announcement at the Heritage Foundation will also include commentary from persecuted Christians from India, Nigeria and South Asia. Open Doors International Researcher Helene Fisher will also be on-hand to provide in-depth research analysis.

WHO:

WHAT:
Announcement of the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List

WHEN:
Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. EST

WHERE: 
The Heritage Foundation 
227 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.

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