World Watch Monitor List 2013 by Open Doors International
9th January 2013
The growing presence of foreign jihadists in the uprising has made Syria one of toughest places in the world for Christians, according to an annual survey by Open Doors a group that campaigns against the persecution of Christians. The country’s 10% Christian population face “extreme persecution” as Syria has leapt from 36th to 11th in a list of the annual list of the world worst persecutors.
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by Rupert Shortt
It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree. A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers. In my book Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack (Rider, 2012), I quote figures from the Pew Forum and the World Evangelical Alliance estimating that 200 million Christians (10 per cent of the global total) are socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.1 Exposing and combating the problem ought in my view to be political priorities across large areas of the world. That this is not the case tells us much about a questionable hierarchy of victimhood. The blind spot displayed by governments and other influential players is causing them to squander a broader opportunity. Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.
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“Syria: No Safe Haven – A country on the move, a nation on the brink”
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the Norwegian Refugee Council:
16th August 2012
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s last publication suggests that over one in every fifteen Syrians has been internally displaced following the 17 month conflict that has started as a popular uprising and has turned into a full blown civil war. The magnitude of this displacement means that it has now become intricately linked with the spreading of the conflict.
“Interactive: Tracking Syria’s defections”
9th August 2012
This interactive visualisation tracks the Syrian senior military officials, members of parliament and diplomats who have quit Assad’s regime since the beginning of the uprising.
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