An organisation monitoring the persecution of Christians has listed China and India among its top nations of concern – with a warning that worse is to come.
The Persecution Trends Report by Release International says China is a ‘key country of concern’ and Christians face a harsh new year with tougher regulations taking effect in February. The new laws impose greater control over churches and places of worship.
Release says they’re being promoted as a way of blocking extremism that would ‘endanger national security’.
Open Doors says persecution has almost doubled in India since a Hindu right-wing party won the general election in 2014 – with Christians experiencing almost as many attacks in the first half of 2017 as they did in the whole of 2016.
Release International says the need for prayer and support is greater than ever.