|World Watch List Rank||20|
|World Watch List Score||71/100|
|Leader||President Mohamed Cheikh El|
|Population||4,784,000 | 10,800 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||24|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
The restrictive environment in Mauritania makes it impossible for Christians to gather openly. This is especially true for converts from Islam, who face enormous pressure from their families and communities. In Mauritania's tribal culture, leaving Islam is not only seen as religious betrayal, but also as a betrayal of the tribe and family.
Pressure on Christians in Mauritania has increased in the past year, caused by a tightening of the blasphemy and apostasy laws. Those who convert to Christianity could face prosecution, since it is illegal to leave Islam.
Openly expressing the Christian faith is even risky for foreign nationals, as it could be regarded as an attempt to convert others to Christianity, which can lead to prosecution.
Pressure on Christians in Mauritania has increased in the past year, caused by a tightening of the blasphemy and apostasy laws. Christians have experienced growing opposition in every area of life apart from family life, which remains at the same level. The sharpest rise is in violence, but this could be because more incidents are being reported.
Open Doors supports the church in North Africa through distributing Christian literature, providing training, and organizing socio-economic development projects and advocacy support.