Restricted Nations

VOM describes nations with persistent and severe persecution as "Restricted Nations" and "Hostile Areas":

This includes countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or antiChristian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their witness. Also included are countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature.

This includes nations or large areas of nations where governments consistently attempt to provide protection for the Christian population but where Christians are routinely persecuted by family, friends, neighbors or political groups because of their witness.