Expatriate churches are monitored to make sure Moroccans are not attending services. It is illegal to share the gospel with Muslims, and expatriates accused of this have been deported.
Moroccan Christians meet in house churches because they cannot get permission and official recognition to meet together publicly. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities, especially in rural areas, so they may keep their faith a secret.
Moroccan law criminalizes “shaking the faith of a Muslim.” This puts many Christians who talk to others about their faith at risk of arrest. Advocates for the rights of Christians have also been targeted for violent attack by Islamic militants. The punishes proselytization only, but converts to Christianity can be punished in other ways, such as losing inheritance rights and custody of children.
Morocco’s score rose 3 points and it moved up nine places in the rankings, mostly because of a higher number of reported violent incidents.
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in North Africa through the following activities:
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