|World Watch List Rank||23|
|World Watch List Score||70/100|
|Leader||President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov|
|Population||6,031,000 | 68,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||22|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
Persecution against Christians in this repressive Islamic state comes largely from the government and from society. The government imposes many restrictions on church life. Unless their churches are registered, Christians are highly susceptible to police raids, threats, arrests and fines. The printing or importing of Christian materials is also restricted.
Believers who come from Muslim backgrounds experience intense pressure from families, friends and villagers to deny their faith. Muslims are suspicious of Christian leaders since they consider them to be at the forefront of converting others to Christianity. They attack those most actively involved in evangelism.
Despite dropping a place from last year’s position on the World Watch List, little has changed for Christians in Turkmenistan. It remains hugely challenging for those who follow Jesus, notably due to restrictions and surveillance from the state, and pressure on converts to recant.
Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia by providing Christian literature, biblical and vocational training, and socio-economic development projects. We also provide immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are jailed, excluded from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ.
18th Nov 2020
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