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Our 2023 Report of the World’s Worst Persecutors

This comprehensive, groundbreaking report is a crucial tool for the media and government officials as they work to support and raise awareness on behalf of those who are harassed for their faith. We also pray that it will help you and your church stay informed about your suffering brothers and sisters.

This year’s Persecutors of the Year report includes ten oppressive countries, six entities, and five individuals. We included an analysis of the persecution, and provided recommendations for government agencies and officials. While the summaries for each entry include brutal statistics on Christian persecution, we added a ‘glimmer of hope’ section to show how the Lord is working in and through the persecuted church.

No matter your position or playing field, we hope you use this report and information to support the cause of religious freedom. God bless you!

The 2023 Entries Include:


  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • India
  • Iran
  • China
  • Pakistan
  • Eritrea
  • Algeria
  • Indonesia
  • Azerbaijan


  • Allied Democratic Forces
  • Al-Shabab
  • Fulani Militants
  • Sahel Terror Groups
  • The Taliban
  • Tatmadaw (Burmese Army)


  • Yogi Adityanath
  • Isaias Afwerki
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Xi Jinping
  • Kim Jong Un

Past Reports

A Report to Shine Light in Darkness

Our team of Washington, D.C.-based analysts spend thousands of hours annually reporting on and analyzing reports from our overseas staff and sources. Throughout the year, they also develop in-depth reports on countries with the worst religious freedom records.

This year, we have compiled a comprehensive publication of the world’s worst persecutors. This effort is to bring to light what our persecuted brothers and sisters experience in the dark, and to shed light on the suffering they endure to live out the faith they have chosen.

Join us in our cause to bring awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians. More importantly, join us in our fight to advance religious freedom for followers of all faiths.

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