|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Emomali Rahmon||8.9 million | 62,200 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2017||Persecution Level|
|35||Very 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.
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.
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: