North Korea remains one of the foremost violators of religious freedom in the world. Those that would seek a different religion other than the civil religion mandated by the state face severe persecution. In another country where religious freedom is nearly non-existant, China, they are refusing to allow North Korean refugees to escape the inhumane treatment from the government. The following article notes that even the United Nations is calling for the China to loosen its policy on North Koreans seeking a safe haven away from blind persecution.
(Reuters) – China should stop repatriating North Koreans who flee their country and give them refugee status instead, a U.N. human rights envoy said on Monday. Relief agencies say as many as 300,000 North Koreans are hiding in China after fleeing hunger and repression at home, where dire poverty is compounded by diplomatic isolation over Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Vitit Muntarbhorn, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea , also said the number of women leaving the country was rising, a trend he added could also be because of human trafficking. But he didn’t give a break-up. “The people coming from North Korea are not just hunger cases but they are more than hunger cases because they fear persecution upon return,” Vitit told a meeting on migrants and refugee issues in the Malaysian capital. [Go To Full Story]