The Kim dynasty, which has ruled North Korea for three generations, are worshipped like gods, and any suggestion that there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, is immediately crushed. Tens of thousands of Christians are incarcerated in labour camps. Thousands more keep their Christian faith a complete secret, even from their families. Imprisonment, torture, and death are the potential risks – not only to oneself, but to one’s family – of deciding to be a Christian in North Korea.

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Christian detained in North Korea

North Korea has detained a 75-year-old Australian visitor for passing out Christian pamphlets, according to his wife as reported by Agence France-Presse. John Short was arrested at his Pyongyang hotel on Feb. 17, the second day of his visit with a tour group, and was informed by police he would […]

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Eighty executed in North Korea

Around 80 people were killed in public executions across a number of cities in North Korea earlier this month, a South Korean newspaper reports. In one city, eight victims were mostly charged with watching or illegally trafficking South Korean videos, being involved in prostitution or being in possession of a Bible. […]

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North Korea shocks UN Commission

The UN Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate human rights violations in North Korea has presented its interim report. “What we have seen and heard so far – the specificity, detail and shocking character of the personal testimony – appears without doubt to demand follow-up action by the world […]

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New concern for North Korea

A new report from The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea states that an “extremely high” number of prisoners are detained on political grounds, while countless others are unaccounted for or have died in detention. “Through this vast system of unlawful imprisonment, the North Korean regime isolates, banishes, punishes […]

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North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

North Korea has rescinded its invitation to a special U.S. envoy who had planned to visit Pyongyang with hopes of bringing jailed American Kenneth Bae home. “We are surprised and disappointed” at the decision, according to a statement released Friday by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “We have sought […]

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Korean ‘orphans’ could face execution

Nine young North Korean defectors arrested in Laos last month and sent home could face severe punishment or even execution, Reuters reports. Two South Korean missionaries were also arrested for attempting allegedly to help them find refuge in South Korea, according to the LA Times. UN spokesman Rupert Colville said […]

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Bae ‘planned regime’s collapse’

Kenneth Bae, the American-Korean Christian sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea, was a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) missionary who preached “the need for North Korea’s immediate collapse”, state media has reported. Related Articles:North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on…North Koreans ‘betrayed’ by human rights omission in…North […]

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Hard labour for US citizen

North Korea has sentenced an American-Korean Christian to 15 years hard labour for ‘anti-government crimes’. Related Articles:North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on…North Koreans ‘betrayed’ by human rights omission in…North Korea: US citizens set for release ahead of…A Christian escapee from North Korea has his doubts…North Korea: freed pastor Hyeon […]

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