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ICC Note: 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. 
7/1/2013 North Korea (CSW) – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), otherwise known as North Korea, has undoubtedly one of the worst human rights records in the world. North Korea is regarded as the world’s most closed nation, ruled by a dictatorship that is both dynastic and deified. Violations of human rights, including public executions, widespread and systematic torture, forced labour, sexual violence, deprivation of food, incarceration of an estimated 200,000 people in prison camps known as kwan-li-so, and denial of freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, among other severe human rights violations, may amount to crimes against humanity, according to international experts.
In addition to its total denial of respect for a wide range of other human rights, freedom of religion or belief in North Korea is non-existent, and the country is cited as one of the worst in the world for the persecution of Christians. With the exception of four official state-controlled churches in Pyongyang, Christians face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practising their religious beliefs. North Koreans suspected of having contact with South Korean or other foreign missionaries in China, and those caught in possession of a Bible, have been known to be executed.

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