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Explanation of theWorld Watch List
The reporting period for this version of the World Watch List is from
November 1, 2009, to and including October 31, 2010,
meaning that themonths of November and December 2010 are not included.The World Watch List is compiled from a specially-designedquestionnaire of 50 questions
covering various aspects of religiousfreedom.
A point value is assigned depending on how each question isanswered. The total number of points per country determines itsposition on the WWL.
The questions differentiate between the legal, official status of Christians(e.g. Does the constitution and/or national laws provide for freedom ofreligion?; Are individuals allowed to convert to Christianity by law?) and theactual situation of individual Christians (Are Christians being killed because oftheir faith?; Are Christians being sentenced to jail, labor camp or sent to apsychiatric hospital because of their faith?). Attention is paid to the role ofthe church in society (Do Christians have the freedom to print and distributeChristian literature?; Are Christian publications censured/prohibited in thiscountry?) and to factors that may obstruct the freedom of religion in acountry (Are Christian meeting places and/or Christian homes attackedbecause of anti-Christian motives?).The “variation” column gives an indication of how certain we are about theinformation obtained. Sometimes information is unconfirmed or incomplete.In that case, the “variation” will rise. Thus some countries may be rankedlower on the list because complete information is not available.
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