Human Rights Watch (HRW) classified North Korea as one of the “most abusive and repressive” nations in the world once again. North Korea continues to imprison entire families where they experience torture, forced labor, and execution. In some areas, HRW says human rights have worsened in North Korea. North Korea is regularly classified as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians by Open Doors USA. The percentage of Christians in the country, which was once nearly a quarter of the populations, has dwindled to fractions of a percent under decades of persecution.
1/13/2017 North Korea (VOA News) – The advocacy group Human Rights Watch Friday once again designated North Korea as one of the world’s most abusive and repressive states in its annual global report.
A groundbreaking 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry report on human rights abuses in North Korea said, “The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”
The report documented ongoing atrocities that include a network of political prisons where between 80,000 and 120,000 inmates are sent, often with their entire families, as well as widespread and systematic atrocities that include torture, enslavement, forced labor, rape and murder.