Government Restrictions on Religion
4 govt. actions associated with religious hostilities: favoritism, force, discrimination, limiting conversion
Higher scores on the Government Restrictions Index are associated with higher scores on the Social Hostilities Index.
Government restriction level in MENA increases from 5.2 to 5.8 before Arab Spring
As of mid-2010, government restrictions on religion were high or very high in most of the countries that experienced the political uprisings known as the Arab Spring in late 2010 and early 2011 according to a new report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. In Tunisia – where the uprisings began – government restrictions increased from the high category as of mid-2009 to the very high category as of mid-2010 (an increase of more than two points). In Egypt – where the violence spread shortly after – government restrictions already were in the very high category; still, the country’s score on the Government Restrictions Index edged slightly higher, from 8.6 in mid-2009 to 8.7 in mid-2010. And in Yemen – where violence erupted almost simultaneously with the uprising in Egypt – government restrictions on religion rose from the high category (6.4) as of mid-2009 to the very high category (7.0) as of mid-2010.