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.
Thank you@open doorsfor its World Christian Persecution Index which concerns 360 million Christians on the planet. 86% of those killed are in Africa. China accounts for 59% of church closures. pic.twitter.com/StQeEOqTXd
- Bruno Retailleau (@BrunoRetailleau) -
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”.
📍At the @AssembleeNat this morning, I was sponsoring the presentation of the Global Christian Persecution Index, alongside @ConstanceLeGrip. The persecution of Christians has reached an unprecedented level: 360M Christians persecuted or discriminated against in the world. We need to act. pic.twitter.com/lqWIjPziRJ
— Patrice Anato (@Patrice_Anato) -
🏛Present this morning at@AssembleeNat for the presentation of the 2022 World Index of the Persecution of #Christians in the world organized by the NGO @open doors.
Over 360 million Christians are persecuted around the world. #directAN pic.twitter.com/KZDnlSdMTe
— Jacques Marilossian (@jmarilossian) -
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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