|World Watch List Rank||48|
|World Watch List Score||63/100|
|Leader||Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah|
|Population||4,303,000 | 513,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||43|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
In Kuwait, expatriate Christians are relatively free to worship informally. However, the existing places registered for worship are very small and it is extremely difficult to obtain a property for gathering for worship.
Local converts from Islam face the most extreme persecution, as they face pressure from both family members and the local community to recant their Christian faith. These believers risk discrimination, harassment, monitoring of their activities by the police, and even intimidation by vigilante groups. Moreover, conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially and may lead to legal problems in personal status and property matters.
Expatriate Muslims converting to Christianity experience similar pressures as in their home countries, as they are often living within their own national or ethnic communities. Despite this, there are rarely reports of Christians being killed, imprisoned or harmed for their faith.
Pressure remains at a very high level, with converts from Islam bearing the brunt of persecution as they face opposition from both family members and the local community.
Open Doors is raising prayer support for persecuted believers in Kuwait.