A PERSECUTION expert has revealed the six ways regimes are launching a brutal crackdown on Christianity in countries in the East.
Senior Policy Officer of the Christian Persecution charity Open Doors, Dr Matthew Rees revealed how they measure the ways that Christians are persecuted because of their faith. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk Dr Rees explained the persecution applies to every aspect of a Christians life and revealed direct violence was not their biggest threat. He said: “The way Open Door works out what kind of persecution is we have six separate spheres.
“Sphere one is family life- That is whether the family is putting pressure on an individual who has converted.
“It happens a lot in countries like Afghanistan and Libya where unfortunately we have received reports over the years of honour killings which is particularly brutal.
“Sphere two is public life- That is the ability to publicly be a Christian, whether that be public work or expressions of Christianity.
“There are cases like that in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“Sphere three is private life- Which is quite an interesting one as it is really specific to a few countries.
“It is the ability and the space that an individual might have to practice his or her faith in private.
“In a country like North Korea where surveillance is so high, that is extremely difficult.
“For example, teachers in North Korea will often ask children to report it if they have seen a little black book which is obviously referring to a bible.
“Sphere four is church life- That is the ability for churches to exist.
“In Egypt, there is a lot of churches waiting to have planning permission for a building for a church.
“Sphere five is the State/Government- What role does the Government play in this.
“Sphere six is violence- This is where we look at what is going on in terms of levels of violence including murder and sexual violence of which we have seen escalate in India.”
The top five countries for Christian persecution according to the charity were North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan.
India stood tenth on the list, just over the war-torn nation, Syria.