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Region Central Asia
Leader President Emomali Rahmon
Population 8 858 000
Christian 0.7%
Main Religion Islam
Government Presidential Republic
Rank 22
Score 65
Previous Rank 35
Previous Score 58

“I know that He is my shield and my shelter. He will never forsake me, even if the whole world is against me.”

Christians in Tajikistan are often too scared to report persecution. Many women who have converted from Islam are sexually assaulted or threatened. Some are even kidnapped and married off to Muslim men. Christians face persecution just for running their own business, and they’re regularly interrogated by the police. Some believers can spend up to 12 years in prison just for going to an unregistered church. With persecution growing, many Christians have become secret believers.

The Committee on Religious Affairs (CRA) also makes being a Christian difficult in Tajikistan. Every sermon must be approved before it can be shared. Churches must also get permission to worship together or buy a building. Registering Christian material and church meetings are difficult. Without this, even just owning a Bible is illegal. The CRA regularly raids unregistered churches. They often close them down, fine and even arrest church members. Many Christians have become cautious and sharing the Gospel is very risky.

Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are imprisoned, excluded from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. We strengthen the persecuted Church in Central Asia primarily through Christian literature distribution, prayer support, biblical training, women’s ministry, vocational training, and more.

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