|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Emomali Rahmon||9.1 million | 61,700 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2018||Persecution Level|
|22||Very High Persecution|
Government officials are responsible for most of the persecution in Tajikistan. They raid church meetings, detain Christians and confiscate religious materials. Apart from state-controlled institutions, no religious activities are permitted.
All Christian activity is monitored. Registered groups have some freedom, but gaining registration is extremely difficult. It’s not illegal to convert to Christianity but new believers can be beaten by their families and pressured to renounce their faith.
Children and teenagers are not allowed to visit Sunday school or receive religious training. Islamic topics are part of the school curriculum and all children are required to attend. All Christian youth work must be done in secret.
For converts the strongest persecution comes from family, friends and community. This is why Muslim-background believers take every precaution not to be discovered. There have been reports of converts facing corporal punishment, house arrest and the destruction of Christian possessions. Sometimes, Christians were even forced to leave their place of living and to relocate.
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. Open Doors also strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through: