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14 – Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA

#14
Region Middle East
Leader King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Population 32 743 000
Christian 4.3%
Main Religion Islam
Government Monarchy
Rank 14
Score 76
Previous Rank 14
Previous Score 76

Believers from a Muslim Background cannot openly practice their faith in Saudi Arabia. Any impression to those around them that they might be Christians can have serious consequences. There are no church buildings at all in Saudi Arabia and Christian services take place in compounds or at home. Although the government formally recognises the right of non-Muslims to worship in private, the religious police (Muttawa) often do not respect this right. Christian services are seriously restricted by the strict gender segregation, prohibiting men and women from different families to worship in the same room. Christians who engage in such activities risk arrest, intimate body searches in life-threatening conditions, imprisonment, lashing, deportation, and sometimes torture.

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