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Region Central Asia
Leader President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Population 30 691 000
Christian 1.1%
Main Religion Islam
Government Presidential Republic
Rank 16
Score 73
Previous Rank 16
Previous Score 71

“We believe that God was in control of each day. What happened was a real miracle!”

In Uzbekistan, converts to Christianity from Islam bear the brunt of persecution. Protestant Christian communities also suffer from raids, threats, arrests and fines. After Uzbek President Islam Karimov died on September 2, 2016, he was quickly succeeded by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev – little changed for Christians.

The country has one of the harshest dictatorships in Asia. Christians here face regular persecution. Frequent raids, beatings and interrogations make life as a believer far from easy. They are not allowed to meet with other Christians, own religious literature or have worship music on their smartphones. Their phones are constantly monitored, houses can be bugged, and wearing a cross places you at risk of intimidation and pressure. Many are in prison or labour camps for owning a Bible.

To support persecuted believers in Central Asia, Open Doors works through local partners to provide biblical and ministry training, medical assistance, socio-economic development, children and youth seminars, and more.

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