North Korea retains its grip as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
According to Open Doors' 2008 World Watch List, North Korea is ranked Number 1 for the seventh year in a row. Christians are persecuted constantly under the communist government, which denies human rights to its citizens.
"It is certainly not a shock that North Korea is Number 1 on the list of countries where Christians face the worst persecution," says Carl Moeller, President/CEO of Open Doors USA. "There is no other country in the world where Christians are persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner.
The World Watch List is compiled from a specially-designed questionnaire of 50 questions covering various aspects of religious freedom. A point value is assigned depending on how each question is answered.