Christians are one of the most persecuted groups in the world, a recent study by the human rights watchdog Open Doors said. Over hundred millions believers are reportedly suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ.

A fresh annual Open Doors report is titled “2011 Martyrs, a Book on Christians’ Persecution”. The most common offences listed in it include various examples of religious discrimination and some harsher crimes like arrests, torture and even murders.

Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Malaysia, the Maghreb states and the Middle East top the list of the most oppressive countries. Analysts cite the unstable political and economic situation, the rise of fundamentalism and extremism in these nations as the main cause for growing xenophobia.

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