World Watch Research has prepared complete background documentation on the World Watch List 2019 which was publicly released on 16 January 2019. This is now available on the Open Doors Analytical website.
The World Watch List (WWL) is an annual ranking of countries where Christians and churches experience the most pressure and violence. Hostility against Christians for faith-related reasons is a subject that is only gradually beginning to reach a wider audience. Many studies look at conflict situations or specific vulnerabilities involving civilians, but most overlook the religious dimension. This is in particular the case where Christians are involved. As a religious minority group, Christians seldom attract the attention of human rights activists, political leaders or other professionals that care about human dignity and the observance of human rights.
World Watch List documentation aims to show that the persecution of Christians is a reality, and that Christians deserve to be defended by anyone who takes human rights seriously. The documentation includes a section on Gender-specific persecution.
- A compilation of the main WWL 2019 documentation (97 pages) can be accessed here:
WWL 2019 Compilation of main documents (excluding country dossiers)
- 25-page country dossiers on all WWL countries are available here:
- Details on the methodology used in producing the annual World Watch list are available here:
World Watch Research welcomes any critical comments or thoughts aiming to improve WWL methodology and documentation. Please contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.