Portes Ouvertes presented its Global Index of Christian Persecution 2022 to the Senate and the National Assembly

The Portes Ouvertes organization was received on Tuesday February 1 at the Senate and Wednesday February 2 at the National Assembly to present its Global Index of the Persecution of Christians 2022. 

Each year, the Portes Ouvertes organization publishes its World Index of Persecution of Christians.

On the occasion of the publication of the 2022 edition of this reference document on the persecution of Christians, Patrick Victor, the director of the organization and Guillaume Guennec, in charge of advocacy, were received at the Senate and the Assembly national.

They were invited by the president of the group Les Républicains au Sénat, Bruno Retailleau, who has long been mobilized for the cause of persecuted minorities. He notably went to the bedside of Eastern Christians in Lebanon and Iraq in 2018. On Twitter, the senator praised the action of the organization.

At the National Assembly, they were invited by the LREM deputy, Patrice Anato as well as by the LR deputy, Constance Le Grip. Faced with the unprecedented figures presented by Portes Ouvertes, Patrice Anato asserts that “we must act”.

In a story published on the Doors Open Instagram account, director Patrick Victor said he "had the privilege" of seeing more than 30 deputies from all sides attend their presentation to the National Assembly this morning.

He considers this to be “very encouraging” since “it shows a commitment to supporting freedom of religion around the world and Christians who are heavily persecuted and discriminated against for their faith”.

According to the Index, 360 million Christians are currently victims of persecution or discrimination in the world, which represents 1 in 7 Christians. Also, compared to the previous Index, the number of Christians killed increased by 24%, the number of churches targeted by 14%, while the number of Christians detained because of their faith is experiencing a 44% increase.

The NGO specifies that the persecution has been steadily increasing for 9 years, including a 9% increase observed over the past six years.

Camille Westphal Perrier 

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