Tajikistan

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

Tajikistan

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
35 58/100
Leader Population
President Emomali Rakhmon 8,858,000 (62,200 Christians)
Main Religion Government
Islam Republic
Source of Persecution Persecution Level
Islamic extremism High Persecution

More and more restrictive legislation has been imposed in the last two years.The youth law, in particular, has left Christians in legal limbo as it is not obvious what is allowed and what is denied. Churches that are active in evangelism suffer from raids, threats, arrests, and fines, especially when they have not been registered. However, people who turn to Christ from a Muslim background bear the brunt of persecution from state, family, friends and community.

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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