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25 – Brunei


Region East and Southeast Asia
Leader Sultan & First Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Population 434 000
Christian 13%
Main Religion Islam
Government Constitutional Monarchy
Rank 25
Score 64
Previous Rank 25
Previous Score 61

Christian converts from Islam face the strongest pressure from their family, friends and neighbours to recant their Christian faith. Christians are affected by the growing Islamic conservatism in both their private and business lives. Employment, especially in the public sector, is discriminatory against Christians and children of Christians face discrimination and bias by teachers and fellow students in schools. Additionally, they are forced to take Islamic lessons. Converts are sometimes forced to go into hiding and many young Christians leave the country as they do not want to live in a society increasingly focused on sharia law.

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