41 Countries Ban Religious Groups. Who Is Most Targeted?

41 Countries Ban Religious Groups. Who Is Most Targeted?
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Government restrictions on religion take many forms around the world. Particularly restrictive governments often limit religious expression by banning certain groups -- including entire faiths, social movements or political organizations that have ties to religion. In fact, 41 countries -- or around a fifth (21%) of those evaluated -- banned at least one religion-related group in 2019, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of laws and policies in effect in 198 countries in 2019, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available. Jehovah's Witnesses and Baha’is were among the most frequently banned groups.
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