|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Ilham Aliyev||9.9 million | 319,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2017||Persecution Level|
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.