Christians face huge global persecution

Diane Dodds MEP
Diane Dodds MEP

DUP MEP Diane Dodds has raised awareness of persecution against Christians globally after attending the launch of the Open Doors World Watch List for 2014 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The World Watch List is the only survey that measures how the religious freedoms of Christians are being upheld globally. Within the EU Parliament, Mrs Dodds has been instrumental in highlighting the plight of Christians worldwide, most recently co-hosting a seminar to publicise the experience of victims of violence in Nigeria.

Mrs Dodds, commenting after the event, said: “It was a great privilege to be able to attend the launch of the Open Doors World Watch List 2014 and to once again highlight global persecution against Christians in Europe.

“In the past five years, I have made it a personal priority to put the spotlight firmly on these violations of religious freedoms. This event provided an excellent opportunity for MEPs from across the 28 member states to come together to help raise awareness and give a voice to those who have been silenced because of persecution,” said the MEP.

“It is no surprise, but equally deplorable, that North Korea is the most dangerous place on earth to live as a Christian. The 2014 World Watch List highlights a worrying trend in that persecution in 36 of the 50 top countries is motivated by Islamic extremism,” she added.