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Monday, July 29th, 2013
For several years now North Korea has remained the world's single worst State persecutor of Christians. To even possess a Bible can result not only in your arrest and life imprisonment, but the arrest and life imprisonment of three generations of your family. In the last ten years there have been reports of Christians executed for distributing Bibles or working with the underground church. On the 60th anniversary of the Korean war Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is drawing attention to the ongoing human rights crisis that has left hundreds of thousands to suffer in terrible conditions across the "Hermit Kingdom."
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Earlier this month a pro-North Korean Japanese newspaper released a video of imprisoned Christian Kenneth Bae. It is the first images of Kenneth received since he was arrested by North Korean authorities in November of last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "plotting to overthrow the regime." A devout Christian, many believe Kenneth was detained for missionary activity related to the official tours inside North Korea he operated.
Monday, July 15th, 2013
Widely regarded as the world's worst persecutor of the Christian faith, the North Korean regime today maintains its iron grip on power. In a new report Christian Solidarity Worldwide details some of the many atrocities being committed by the regime, including the harsh treatment of Christians. At least one organization has estimated that as many as 70,000 Christians are detained in one of six prison camps around North Korea.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
Kenneth Bae was arrested back in April by North Korean authorities and sentenced in May to 15 years of hard labor. The exact reason for his arrest is unknown, though many have speculated that given Kenneth's strong Christian faith and track record of missionary work, authorities may have arrested him for missionary activities. Christianity is completely illegal in North Korea and even the possession of a Bible can lead to the arrest of the owner and two additional generations of the owners family. This article gives a brief recap of Kenneth's case.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
The Vatican estimates that as many as 10,000 Catholics continue to reside and practice their faith in strict secrecy within North Korea. Christianity has been persecuted and outlawed in North Korea for more than half a centure, but Before the division of Korea into North and South in 1945 the capitol of the North, Pyongyang, was known as the "Jerusalem of the East" thanks to the active Christian and missionary community in the city. Today as many as 70,000 Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, are estimated to be imprisoned in one of six North Korean labor camps spread around the country.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
North Korea not only continues to completely outlaw Christianity among its citizens, but holds as many as 70,000 Christians in one of six massive prison camps around the country. In addition the North Korean regime has recently arrested and sentenced Kenneth Bae, an American-Korean citizen and Christian for allegedly conducting "hostile acts" against the state. Kenneth was almost undoubtedly involved in providing aid to orphans and others in North Korea when he was arrested and many believe his imprisonment will be used as a sort of bargaining chip in negotiations with the United States.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
After an absurd sentencing of an American Christian to 15 years’ hard labor, North Korea shows no signs of releasing the U.S. tour operator, solidifying its reputation as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American and devout Christian, was arrested in North Korea in April for unspecified crimes. It has now been revealed by an official North Korean news source that Bae was involved in "covert" missionary activities and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. For the North Korean regime, spreading Christianity amounts to treason and many North Koreans have faced life imprisonment or even execution when accused of this crime. It is uncertain what, if anything, the U.S. can do to try to secure Bae's release.
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen and Christian, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in North Korea. While the exact reasons behind his arrest remain unclear, some suspect it may have had to do with his work visiting orphanages in the country. The Christian faith is completely banned in North Korea and practicing Christianity can lead to to imprisonment of up to three generations of ones family. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who made an unusual visit to North Korea's leader in recent months, has called for Kenneth Bae to be released.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
It is still unclear why Kenneth Bae, an American citizen and Christian, was recently sentenced to 15 years of labor camp in North Korea. Some sources have speculated that his arrest had to do with the Kenneth's concern and desire to care for orphans in North Korea or other possible missionary activities. The United States has called for Kenneth to be released, but the autocratic North Korean regime, one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world, seems unlikely to release Kenneth soon.
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
In the midst of debate as to why Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea the U.S. has stepped in and called for amnesty.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
An American Christian has been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea for “committing crimes against the state.” Some say that his arrest is due to the current tensions between the US and North Korea, while other sources say that he carried on missionary work that “may have attracted the attention of the authorities and resulted in his arrest and conviction. In North Korea, there is no religious freedom and the faithful are in last place in the social hierarchy.”
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
"If not for the Word of God, and your love and devotion in the midst of our sufferings, our lives would be dark and hopeless,” said a Christian in North Korea. The good news, is that the Good News will continue to be brought to North Korea via Global Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR).
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Christians in North Korea suffer extreme persecution and are isolated from the rest of the world. Somehow, however, they have heard of the Pope’s appeal for peace. Believers there say, "We do not want to be isolated from the rest of the world."
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
As more people flee from North Korea, their disturbing stories confirm suspicions that the nation is the worst persecutor of Christians in the world, whose violence is directed, empowered and endorsed by the government.
Monday, April 8th, 2013
As the world turns it's attention to North Korean threats of nuclear war it is high time that more attention be paid to the extensive human rights violations perpetrated by the North Korean regime on a daily basis. Long considered the world's worst persecutor of Christians, estimates place the number of imprisoned Christians at between 30,000 and 70,000. Once known as the Jerusalem of the East and a center of Christianity in Asia, the Communist regime run by the Kim family has tried to crush Christianity into oblivion for more than half a century.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
North Korea's dictatorial regime led by Kim Jong-Un has ratcheted up tensions with the international community in recent days by threatening to start a nuclear war with the United States. Christians in North Korea live in total secrecy and as many as 70,000 are estimated to be imprisoned in labor camps.
Friday, April 5th, 2013
The following opinion article by Nina Shea, the director of the Hudson Intitute's Center for Religious Freedom, is an excellent overview of persecution around the world. The initial story of a North Korean executed for owning a Bible is sadly as recent as 2005, and there is little evidence that conditions have changed in North Korea since.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
As many as 70,000 Christians are currently locked away in labor camps across North Korea. Despite a change of leadership last year the nation remains the world's worst persecutor of Christians. After conducting a third successful nuclear test last month the United Nations passed new sanctions in an attempt to censor North Korea for its actions, but these sanctions are unlikely to assist the countries persecuted believers.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
In a recent bizarre visit to North Korea, former NBA star Dennis Rodman called the nations dictator "awesome" and a "friend for life." At no point during the trip does it appear that North Korea's massive human rights violations were brought up, including the imprisonment of thousands of Christians in labor camps around the country.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
In North Korea, you, your parents, and your children can be given a life sentence in a prison camp for simply owning a Bible. The North Korean regime remains the most hostile government in earth towards Christianity, and it is estimated that up to 200,000 Christians live in complete secrecy within North Korea.
Saturday, January 5th, 2013
The following article takes a look at all of the possible reasons Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, is planning to take a somewhat mysterious trip to North Korea next week. There is speculation that part of his mission will be to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, an American human rights activist and Christian who has been detained for over a month by North Korean authorities. Some Christian organizations have speculated that Kenneth was involved in missions work, something highly illegal in North Korea, and was summarily detained.
Friday, January 4th, 2013
An estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians live in hiding throughout North Korea. Conditions are appalling, and only a few years ago evidence was revealed that a Christian woman was publicly executed for distributing Bibles in the country. North Korea is one of the world's worst persecutors of Christians and a recent New Year's day speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calling for reconciliation has many, including ICC, skeptical about his motives.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
North Korea remains one of, if not the worst, persecutor of Christians in the world. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Christians are interned in prison camps under terrible conditions. The predominant ideology of North Korea's Communist government, Juche, leaves no room for loyalty to religious beliefs and sees Christianity as a threat to its control.