Anderson hosts launch of Open Doors Canada’s 2019 World Watch List

On January 30, 2019, David Anderson, MP hosted Open Doors Canada on Parliament Hill for the launch of the 2019 World Watch List – an index ranking the top 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to be a Christian.

Over 6 billion people around the world are religiously affiliated, and 1.2 billion people choose not to have a religious affiliation. “We fight for the right of all people to believe as they choose,” noted Anderson.

Governments, religious rules, and cultural norms contribute to the fact that 3/4 of the world’s population have some sort of restriction placed on them. Open Doors reported that 245 million Christians around the world experience high levels of persecution for their beliefs.

“Religious Freedom directly correlates to the strength of other basic human rights,” added Anderson. “It is the very essence of democratic values. What is more basic than the freedom to believe, the freedom to change that belief and the freedom to practice that belief?”

Read the World Watch List here.