The 2020 version tracks the time period from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019, and is compiled from reports by Open Doors workers in more than 60 countries. They include Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia, and Brunei. Other countries are not quite considered Islamic states, although Islam is the politically defined state religion. Gay sex is no longer as widely criminalized as it used to be, but a total of 72 nations still have laws against it. The above map shows how many countries have banned immigrants based on religion These countries also have Muslim majority populations. Finally, it is worth noting that in many larger countries, especially, experiences vary based on specific location. Updated July 2020. By May 1967, religious institutions had been forced to relinquish all 2,169 mosques, churches, cloisters, and shrines in Albania, thus becoming the first atheist nation in the world! North Korea – In this totalitarian state, the only thing that North Koreans are permitted to worship is the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Here are five countries where owning a Bible is dangerous, and seeing one, even a page in your home could cause you to go to jail. Four countries in South and Southeast Asia have laws that ban conversion of their citizens away from the majority religion, and two other countries are considering implementing the legislation, apart from numerous other nations in the region that prohibit blasphemy and apostasy, aimed mostly at Christian missionary work. Some states or regions within a country may have more religious freedoms or looser enforcement of restrictions than others.. A list of 52 countries where the bible is illegal and/or severely persecuted: Afghanistan; Iran; Kazakhstan Countries With Islam As State Religion. Gabon in central Africa is the most recent country to have repealed its anti-gay law.. Map of the 72 countries with laws against sexual relations between people of the same sex. Not today, but earlier in the past century: ALBANIA! Map: The countries that ban arrivals based only on religion. Well in-fact there are many countries which have put restriction on Islam as a religion and its practices here is the list Asia * Bhutan Bhutan , also known as most peaceful country in Asia , officially does not recognise Islam as a religion. The study highlighted the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to practice the Christian faith, and rated levels of persecution as “extreme”, “very high” or “high”.