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Friday, December 7th, 2012
After almost a year under their new leader, Kim Jong-Un, Christians in North Korea are still living in hiding and sentenced to labor camps for their faith. While little information flows out of the country, some sources report that North Korea has increased the number of spies sent into China to find Christian organizations helping North Korean defectors. This could make their already dangerous work even more hazardous.
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
In the past, South Korean churches have erected large Christmas displays near the North Korean border during the holidays. These displays were often condemned as “psychological warfare” by the North Korean regime and as an attempt to spread Christianity into the country. Plans to erect the lights this year were scrapped however because local residents near the border fear North Korea may respond with artillery if the decorations go up.
Friday, November 9th, 2012
According to this report some underground churches in North Korea will be taking advantage of the upcoming international day of prayer for the persecuted to pray for the church in America. At least one North Korean church member reported that the church in the U.S. needs prayer because American Christians “put so much faith in their prosperity and political freedoms that they don’t know what it’s like to have to fully depend on God.”
Monday, November 5th, 2012
With so little information coming from the totalitarian state of North Korea, it is rare that Christians in the West are able to discover the extreme challenges faced by their brothers and sisters in the “Hermit” Kingdom who practice their faith in secret. A new book takes a look at the lives of one of those Christian families.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012
The oppression of Christians in North Korea has not changed under the country’s new dictator Kim Jong-Un. “Christian believers and three generations of their family can still go to prison for life just for owning a Bible,” Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports. “The regime reportedly still has up to 70,000 Christians locked away in virtual concentration camps.”
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
A report released by Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity, said the persecution of Christians continued or worsened in many Asian countries last year. The report condemns religious freedom violations in China, Vietnam, Burma, and especially in North Korea where the religious rights of minorities are “totally denied”. John Dayal, the secretary-general of the All India Christian Council, denounced abuses in India as well, saying, “India is in a state of denial. It refuses to acknowledge that there is such violence taking place.”
Monday, October 1st, 2012
Christian groups and individuals make up the majority of the “underground railroad” networks working to smuggle desparate and often startving North Korean refugees to safety. They work in China, just on the other side of the North Korean border, and take huge risks to not only aid the refugees but to smuggle the Gospel back into the Hermit Kingdom. If the Chinese government discovers their activities they can be arrested or deported, and some news sources, including the Los Angeles Times, have reported that North Korean agents have attempted and even succeeded at assassinating Christian pastors helping North Korean refugees.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Much like Christian networks that provided support to defectors from the Soviet Union during the 20th century, Christians from South Korea and the U.S. have set up networks on the North Korea/China border to help defectors and refugees who escape the North’s brutal dictatorship. They bring relief and the gospel to one of the most closed countries in the world, slowly but surely bringing hope and light to a nation where Christians can be executed simply for worshiping God.
Friday, September 14th, 2012
While the government of North Korea refuses to even acknowledge the existence of political prisoners, thousands of Christians and other prisoners of conscience remain locked away in massive camps reminiscent of the Nazi holocaust. ICC is one of many non-profit organizations working to bring awareness and relief to the countries heavily repressed Christian believers.
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
ICC Note: Please continue to pray for the Christian believes in North Korea who have decided to follow Jesus despite great risk to their life and the lives of their families. No country in the world remains so completely opposed to belief in Christ as the North Korean regime, and it appears after more than half a year with a new ruler nothing is changing soon.
Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Foreign media reported that 23 Christians were arrested in May 2010, for belonging to an underground church in Kuwol-dong, Pyongsong City, South Pyongan Province. Reportedly, three were executed and the others were sent to the Yodok political prison camp.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Morgan pointed to a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom stating that the North Korean regime is increasingly viewing refugees with religious beliefs or contacts as “potential security threats.”
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
One South Korean pastor who organized underground churches in North Korea allegedly suffered waterboarding and electrical torture when he was arrested in China in 1991, they said.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
The increased pressure has led to mysterious deaths and assassination attempts seemingly from a cold-war spy movie. On May 30th, 2012 Kang Ho-Bin, a South Korean Protestant Pastor was killed in a head-on car crash at 2 PM in the afternoon in Dandong on his way to church. The accident, about which Chinese officials have remained mum, comes after an assassination attempt years earlier on him when he was pricked with a poison-filled needle. Kang Ho-Bin’s death is not the first case of a missionary in the area dying under suspicious circumstances.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
It appears that the North Korean government is attempting to jam GPS tracking devices attached to balloons filled with Bibles being sent floating over the border. These include Bible's launched by ICC.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
Unfortunately for religious believers, including Christians, the regime’s policies for maintaining totalitarian rule haven’t changed. These policies include the near complete suppression of religious activity; especially religious activity viewed as a form of foreign influence.
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
According to this article, North Korean prison camps hold an estimated 200,000 prisoners, most of whom will not survive their imprisonment. There are believed to be several thousand prisoners interned for practicing or spreading Christianity, and in the past reports have emerged of individuals being executed for distributing Bibles and other Christian material.
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
A source at South Korean government said, "Since the plight of North Korean defectors has been raised internationally this year, China has tightened its crackdown and forced 400 to 500 missionaries out of the country."
Friday, June 1st, 2012
"...a consistent portrait emerges of North Korea's six giant kwan-li-so, or "total control camps," where people are sent, often without trial, for offenses including defacing a picture of one of North Korea's leaders, attending a church service or leaving the country without permission. Nearly all are in remote, mountainous regions. Some cover more ground than major cities in the U.S. and Europe."
Monday, May 28th, 2012
The European Parliament has condemned China's forced repatriation of North Korean refugees. This move should help to increase pressure on China to end the repatriations which often lead to the imprisonment or death of those forced to return. In that past, ICC has received reports that North Korean refugees are asked if they have had any contact with Christianity while they where out of the country. If they answer in the affirmative, it can lead to their arrest, as well as the arrest of their families.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
The Catholic Church in South Korea is trying to make the transition easier for North Korean Exiles. Mgr Peter Lee said: "I, too, was born in Pyongyang and came to South Korea with my family in search of better conditions for a Christian life."
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
North Korea is universally regarded as the most hostile environment for Christians, Foley notes, so balloon launches provide one of the only ways to do mass distribution of Scripture and gospel messages inside the Hermit Kingdom.
Sunday, May 6th, 2012
A new study finds that inmates in North Korea's notorious prison camps were arrested for all manner of trivial crimes, such as dancing with westerners or forgetting to call Kim Il-Sung the "great leader". The study found Christians as well, who along with family members are arrested for practicing or even admitting to their faith.
Sunday, April 15th, 2012
"Based on data gathered from North Korean defectors and international human rights groups, we estimate there are approximately 30,000 Christians being held in political prison camps and about 10,000 underground believers who are in hiding throughout the country," Lim Chang Ho, a professor at Kosin University in South Korea, told CBN News.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
The North Korean refugees have been arrested in China, which is planning on deporting them back to North Korea. The refugees face almost certain imprisonment, if not execution, upon their return. The North Korean regime in the past has questioned returning refugees about their activities, including if they have attended any church services. Christianity is completely illegal in the "Hermit" Kingdom, and an estimated 30 to 70 thousand Christians in North Korea are interned in prison camps.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
"Growing up I was told by the authorities that there was no God in this world," Kim recalled. "We were ordered instead to worship Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the leaders of the country."
Friday, February 10th, 2012
Recognizing the inherent threat posed by faith to totalitarian rule and the Kim cult of personality, the DPRK regime has since its inception committed genocide against religious believers and their families.
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
There are many indications of the specific intent to destroy religious groups in North Korea. Those that confess to, or are suspected of, having met with missionaries in China or converting to Christianity are either killed or banished to concentration camps for life along with their entire families, including children, to three generations. Open Doors estimates between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korea’s concentration camps today.