The persecution of Christians should be a focus of governments all across the world that have commitments to human rights and religious freedom. We hope that this appointment will lead to concerted action to protect the Christians of the world who are still vulnerable and subjected to ongoing harassment and persecution.

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“ICC Releases Comprehensive 2023 Persecutor of the Year Report,” International Christian Concern, November 1, 2023:

11/01/2023 Washington — International Christian Concern (ICC) announces the release of its 2023 Persecutors of the Year Report. The 88-page report names the countries, entities/groups, and individuals that harass, imprison, torture, and assassinate Christians for practicing their faith.

There are an estimated 200 to 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide that ICC fights for using a three-pronged approach of assistance, advocacy, and awareness.

“We expose the evils of the persecutors in this report to awaken the West and encourage legislators to take action against those that jail, torture, and assassinate individuals for their religious beliefs. The 2023 Persecutors of the Year Report is a resource  designed to support and protect Christians regardless of denomination or sect but it also supports all religious peoples that are denied their God-given right to religious freedom,” says Jeff King, President of ICC.

King cites several flashpoints this year, including Pakistan, “Where a 5,000-strong mob of radical Muslims destroyed two dozen churches and hundreds of homes in the Christian enclave of Jaranwala. And in Nigeria, millions of Christians have suffered attacks from radical Muslims for the last twenty years resulting in a death toll that may be as high as one million and the loss of three and a half million farms.”

“Across the globe, our brothers and sisters can be imprisoned or killed simply for identifying as a follower of Jesus. They are legally prevented from telling others about their faith and anti-conversion and blasphemy laws are used to falsely charge Christians with crimes,” continued King.

In the 2023 Persecutors of the Year Report, ICC has again compiled a comprehensive list of the world’s worst persecutors broken down by individual actors, entities, and countries.

The 2023 report includes the countries of Nigeria, North Korea, India, and many more. It includes groups like, the Allied Democratic Forces, Al-Shabab, Fulani Militants, Sahel Terror Groups, The Taliban, and Tatmadaw (Burmese Army). The individuals cited are Yogi Adityanath, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong Un just to name a few.

ICC’s team of Washington, DC-based analysts, foreign experts, and staff on the ground in many of the most persecuted countries, spend thousands of hours annually detailing, analyzing, and cataloging persecution reports. Throughout the year, they also develop in-depth reports on countries with the worst religious freedom records.

Released annually, this groundbreaking report is a crucial tool for the media and government officials as they work to support those who are persecuted for their faith….