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Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion

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1. Number of countries with very high restrictions and hostilities went down in 2014

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2. Harassment of specific religious groups: Christians and Muslims were harassed in the most countries in 2014

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3. Middle East-North Africa was region with highest restrictions and hostilities in 2014

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4. Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2014 were in Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey

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Acknowledgments

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Methodology

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Pew Research CenterApril 5, 2016

Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire

Many countries have laws that ban or limit women from wearing religious attire in public places. By comparison, far fewer countries require women to wear particular types of attire for religious reasons.

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Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

Social hostilities toward religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices remained level. Harassment of Jews, however, reached a seven-year high.