Tajikistan

The government puts intense pressure on all 'deviating' groups, including Christians

Tajikistan

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
29 65/100
Leader Population
President Emomali Rahmon 9.1 million | 61,700 Christians
Main Religion Government
Islam Presidential Republic
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.

PERSECUTION IN TAJIKISTAN

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.

HOW WE HELP

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:

  • Literature distribution
  • Training (biblical training, children/youth training, advocacy and awareness training, vocational training)
  • Women's ministry
  • Income-generating projects
  • Relief projects.

PRAYER POINTS FOR TAJIKISTAN

  • For strength for Christians being monitored by the authorities, or pressured to renounce their faith by their families
  • That the legal pressure on the church would lessen and the country would become more open to Christianity
  • Christians are seen as extremists because they practise religion outside of state-sanctioned structures. Pray that this perception would change.
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