The government monitors religious groups closely and imposes restrictive legislation.

Azerbaijan

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
45 57/100
Leader Population
President Ilham Aliyev 9.9 million | 319,000 Christians
Main Religion Government
Islam Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2017 Persecution Level
High Persecution

Officially, Azerbaijan is secular and religion is tolerated. However, very little information gets out of the country – a sign that Christians are facing intense government pressure. Surveillance is so high that Christians do not know who to trust. Many end up isolated and alone. Local authorities and police raid religious meetings, detaining believers and confiscating religious materials. Believers from Muslim backgrounds face persecution from their family, community and local Imams.

PRAYER POINTS FOR AZERBAIJAN

  • That Christians would know whom to trust and have the courage to share the gospel
  • For strength and comfort for secret believers and those ostracized by their family
  • That new Bibles and study materials would reach Christians who have had theirs confiscated in church raids.
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