|World Watch List Rank||14|
|World Watch List Score||78/100|
|Leader||King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud|
|Population||34,710,000 | 1,200,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||13|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
In Saudi Arabia, the official religion and law is Islamic, and all citizens are expected to be Muslims. For that reason, many of the Christians in Saudi Arabia are expatriates. These Christians are severely restricted in sharing their faith and in gathering for worship, which entails the risk of deportation. The few Saudi Christians face even more pressure, especially from their families. Because the honour of the family is of utmost importance in Saudi Arabia, leaving the Muslim faith can mean expulsion from the family and from the community. This can be particularly true for Christian women and girls, who can be subject to anything from forced marriages to honour killings as a result of conversion.
Despite dropping a place, the situation for Christians in Saudi Arabia remains relatively unchanged and still extremely challenging. While there is a slight reduction in reports of violence and family life opposition, there have been marginal increases elsewhere (that is, pressure in community, national and church life).
Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organizing prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.
29th Jul 2020
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