// World Watch List


  • Leader: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
  • Population: 30.7 million (350,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Authoritarian republic
  • World Watch List Rank: 16
  • Source of Persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism

Uzbekistan's authoritarian regime will do everything possible to stay in power. Christianity, which is seen as 'alien', is regarded as a destabilising factor.

Little looks set to change for believers even after President Islam Karimov's death in 2016. State bodies continue to monitor religious activities through raids, bugging homes, tapping phones, and infiltrating groups. Religious materials, if found, are confiscated. Christians also face interrogation and detention. Believers from a Muslim Background (BMBs) experience additional pressure from their families and communities to return to Islam.

Read more about persecution in Uzbekistan

Please Pray 

  • Ask God to comfort and support imprisoned believers
  • For new believers placed under house arrest by their families, and for Christian women forced to marry against their will
  • That God will strengthen secret house churches and protect them from the authorities.


How we help

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. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia through:

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


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