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48 – Bahrain


Region Middle East
Leader King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Population 1 419 000
Christian 13%
Main Religion Islam
Government Constitutional Monarchy
Rank 48
Score 54
Previous Rank 48
Previous Score 54

Although conversion is not forbidden by law, Christian converts from Islam or Buddhism face strong pressure from their family, friends and neighbours to recant their Christian faith. Christians are discriminated against in both their private and business lives. Children of converts are facing discrimination and bias by teachers and fellow students in schools. In June 2015, the Compassion Project had to close down, which affected at least nine churches. These were forced to close down at the same time. Persecution has become more violent over recent years.

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“… so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”


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