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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Yesterday North Korea, the world’s number one persecutor of Christians, conducted its third test of a nuclear explosive. Christians familiar with the regime believe there is now little or no hope that North Korea’s relatively new leader, Kim Jong-un, will be making any changes to the dictatorship that has imprisoned thousands of Christians for more than five decades.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Reports emerging from inside North Korea indicate that new leader Kim Jong-un is just as if not more oppressive than his father and grandfather. Initial hopes that Kim Jong-un may change policies which have imprisoned thousands of Christians have been dashed little more than a year after his rise to power.
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Although this article does not mention the extent of Christian persecution in North Korea, which is sizeable, it does provide several interesting statistics on the almost unbelievable levels of starvation taking place across the country even as the regime spends billions developing nuclear weapons. Mr. Robert Park’s call for a change in policy by Western governments is an important one.
Monday, January 28th, 2013
North Korea’s recent public threats to continue testing nuclear weapons and to eventually strike at the United States have overshadowed the deplorable human rights situation in the country. After more than a year in power Kim Jong-un has done nothing to reform civil or religious liberties and an estimated 70,000 Christians remain imprisoned within North Korea’s six major prison camps.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
The United Kingdom’s House of Lords has called on the U.N. to begin an official inquiry into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity. An estimated 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korea’s concentration camps.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
In a very rare release of new information about Christians in the totalitarian state of North Korea, Open Doors has confirmed that two Christians were recently killed by the regime. Both individuals were North Koreans who has escaped the country but decided to voluntarily return to spread the gospel. One was caught and imprisoned in one of the countries notorious prison camps before he died, the other was trying to leave the country to obtain Biblical training when he was shot by border guards.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
For decades, the North Korean regime has ruled with complete control over its approximately 20 million citizens. They are deprived of virtually all types of even the most fundamental human rights, including the freedom to choose any religion whatsoever. The government maintains a policy of imprisoning up to three generations of one family for any number of crimes, including practicing Christianity.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
North Korean refugees overwhelmingly believe North Korea should indeed be number one on Open Doors’ annual World Watch List. They state that the complete lack of human rights, including freedom of religion, makes the situation in their country incomparable to any other.
Monday, October 10th, 2011
With the effects of a global economic slow down possibly pushing North Korea to near collapse, Christian pastors in South Korea prepare to reach out to the "world's worst persecutor of Christians".
Monday, February 21st, 2011
Friday, January 7th, 2011
Koreans pastors protest development plan
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Movie documents life of South Korean priest who gave his life helping the children of Sudanq
Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Christians urged to take lead in promoting healing and reconciliation between feuding North and South Korea
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Recent poll taken of South Korean Catholics shows plans to integrate North Koreans.
Friday, May 28th, 2010
North Korea steps toward war; ministry urges prayer for besieged Christians
Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Blame goes both ways among Christians in Korea
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
The plan by South Korea to restrict movement of missionaries will hamper the missionary work in the Middle East.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Friday, August 28th, 2009
"The first round of meetings scheduled from September 26 to October 1 in a mountain resort on North Korean coast. The agreement reached after three days of talks between the two delegations. Analysts consider the recent détente a move by north to get more aid and funding."
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
After Islamic countries expelled a number of South Korean missionaries, the government of South Korea is planning to restrict the travel of missionaries to Islamic countries.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Friday, February 22nd, 2008
In another of a recent string of reported hostility against Christians in China, China Aid learned that more than 40 members of a Chinese House Church Alliance were imprisoned after the third day of a Bible Study on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. The leader of the alliance, a South Korean minister, was also detained, although his location is not known. In more positive news, the Chinese government has caved to pressure in the case of the two female house church members who were imprisoned this week - releasing the women just one day after the incident was reported to international media.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Proving the power of prayer, a North Korean Christian has escaped trial in China and been granted citizenship and repatriation to South Korea.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
"Cho (pastor of the largest Church in the world) and others are calling on the global church.to remember those suffering for their faith (in North Korea)"
Monday, October 15th, 2007
South Korean government decides to force church that sent missions team to Afghanistan to pay for their rescue expenses.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
Let the Korean-American Catholic community be an example to celebrating the Christian faithful.
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
This story is a more complete account of what the South Korean hostages went through than our initial report posted yesterday from the BBC.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
Development work suffers from loss of South Korean volunteers.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
Hope emerges from funeral for Korean hostage killed in Afghanistan for refusing to deny Christ his church recognizes him as a martyr, and says it will send more missionary groups to Afghanistan when the situation improves.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
News service readers say Christians should obey God above men in missionary activity.