|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Nursultan Nazarbayev||17 million (2.5 million Christians)|
|Source of Persecution||Persecution Level|
|Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism||High Persecution|
Religious freedom is already restricted by new legislation, and the government is using the threat of militant Islam to restrict more areas of freedom and increase its control over society. Converts to Christianity from a Muslim background bear the brunt of persecution from state, family, friends and community. Churches that are active in evangelism suffer from raids, threats, arrests and fines - especially if a church has not been registered.
Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia through: