WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN AZERBAIJAN?
Since 1991, when the country gained independence from the former Soviet Union, all churches have been obliged to re-register at least six times, with fewer congregations managing to pass each time. Unregistered churches face the constant threat of raids, confiscations and fines. Arrests and beatings occur on a very regular basis. Fear that churches have been infiltrated by informers means
that no one knows whom to trust.
Those who are known to be Christians have difficulty in finding a job. Christians from Muslim backgrounds bear the brunt of persecution, both at the hands of the state and from friends and family.