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ICC Note: A new report has revealed the increase of abuses and violations of human rights that take place in North Korea under dictator Kim Jong-un. Christians is one of the most affected groups in North Korea since they are constantly persecuted, brutally murdered and tortured for not surrendering their faith.

8/31/2018 North Korea (Breibert) – Human rights violations and infringements on the right to life have worsened since North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012, a new study released on Wednesday indicated.

According to a report by the Seoul-based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), cases of life infringement such as executions or violence within prisons as a proportion of the country’s total human rights violations rose from 6.2 percent in the 2000’s to 13.3 percent in the 2010s. The center compiled the data after analyzing a database of all the regime’s human rights abuses based on interviews with defectors.

“The number of secret executions and other violations of the right to life may have increased in North Korea due to the regime’s bid to strengthen stability, social order, and public security,” the center said on the report’s publication. “It seems that since the beginning of the Kim Jong-un era, the penalties for repatriated defectors got much tougher and the overall environment in prisons worsened.”

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