Increase in religious harassment globally: Pew

By World Watch Monitor

Restrictions on religion around the world continued to climb in 2016, as more governments tightened controls on religious practices, populist parties increasingly used rhetoric to attack religious minorities, and the harassment of religious groups increased.

A 138-page report by the Washington-based Pew Research Center into global restrictions on religion in 2016 – the most recent year for which data was available – surveyed 198 countries and territories.

It ranked them according to their levels of government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion.