A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith

2015 – 2017

Persecution against Christians in the worst affected regions reached a new peak, the impact of which is only beginning to be felt in all its horror.

View now the Persecuted and Forgotten report 2017


Main findings

This report has revealed evidence of the most serious persecution against Christians in terms of violations of fundamental human rights: violence, including rape, unlawful detention, unfair trial, prevention of religious assembly and peaceful (religious) expression.

Faces of persecution

Individual stories of Christians suffering and oppression featured in Persecuted and Forgotten?

Country profiles

Map of oppression and persecution of Christians, highlighting countries selected for inclusion in the 2015–17 report.

See where the Church is most persecuted in the world.

In Iraq, the exodus of Christians
has continued to be very severe, but hope is on the horizon with communities returning to their homes.

Image shows an Iraqi refugee in Turkey

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