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ICC Note: Kenneth Bae, an American citizens and devout Christian, has been under lock and key in the world’s most oppressive nation for nearly 9 months. Since being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor in April for allegedly trying to “overthrow” the state, Kenneth has lost 50 pounds and been hospitalized. Today a special envoy of the United States is in North Korea seeking Kenneth’s release on humanitarian grounds. The North Korean leadership views Christianity as a threat to its power and something as simply as having a Bible can result in a lifetime of imprisonment in hellish conditions. 
8/30/2013 North Korea (WWM) – Robert King, the US Special Envoy for North Korean rights, has arrived in Pyongyang to request the discharge of Kenneth Bae. The Korean American was arrested in the North Korean city Rajin-Sonbong, one of North Korea’s special economic zones for foreign investors, on November 12, 2012. Ten months after his arrest, Bae is in poor health.
At the time of his arrest, Bae was leading a tourist group in Rajin-Sonbong. His sudden detention surprised his relatives and others who know him; they describe Bae as a committed Christian who wanted to help the North Korean people.
The North Korean prosecutors have charged the Korean American with planning an anti-North Korean, religious coup d’etat, setting up bases in China for the purpose of toppling the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, encouraging North Korean citizens to bring down the government and conducting a malignant smear campaign.
On April 30th 2013, he was sentenced to fifteen years hard labor.
His family, who at first kept quiet hoping for a diplomatic resolution, then publicly announced in mid-August that Bae had been moved from the prison camp to a hospital, because his health had quickly deteriorated. He’s reported to have lost over fifty pounds and to suffer several health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, a fatty liver and a back problem.

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