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  • Leader: President Emomali Rakhmon
  • Population: 8.9 million (62,200 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Country fact sheet

No religious activities beyond state-run and state-controlled institutions are allowed in Tajikistan.

The central government has created restrictive laws, including a ‘youth law’ that prevents those under 18 from taking part in religious activities. Local governments and police raid religious meetings, detain believers and confiscate religious literature. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face the most pressure, as they are also persecuted by their families and friends, sometimes being locked up, beaten and expelled from their communities. They often keep their faith secret.

Please Pray 

  • For comfort and strength for Christians who are beaten and pressured to renounce their faith by their families
  • That pressure from the regime would lessen and that the country would become more open to Christianity
  • Christians are seen as extremists for practising their faith outside of state-sanctioned structures. Pray that this view will change.

How Open Doors helps

Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. Open Doors also strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through:

  • Literature distribution
  • Training (biblical training, children/youth training, advocacy and awareness training, vocational training)
  • Women's ministry
  • Income-generating projects
  • Relief projects.


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