Open Doors USA releases its world ranking of persecution by country – North Korea still #1, Mali newcomer to list #7


Information and watch list from  the non denominational group  Rankings released  January 8,2013

North Korea – For the eleventh year running, this is the most difficult place on earth to be a Christian. In a country of 24.5 million, there are just 400,000 Christians. North Korea is one of the remaining Communist states, and it is vehemently opposed to religion of any kind. Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution. There is a system of labor camps including the renowned prison No. 15, which reportedly houses 6,000 Christians alone. But despite severe oppression, there is a growing underground church movement of an estimated 400,000 Christians. We have written on North Korea several times in the past year. At the bottom are some noteworthy articles you can read in order to become more familiar with the brutal hardship that is endured by the Christians of North Korea. You can also read about North Korea’s hidden gulag, below all of the links, and visit the website that published The Hidden Gulag Report.

African countries surge – Open Doors reports that persecution of Christians in Africa vastly increased in 2012. Mali is a newcomer on the list and holds the No. 7 position. Tanzania (No. 24), Kenya (No. 40), Uganda (47) and Niger (No. 50) also moved onto the World Watch List and Ethiopia is one of the strongest risers (from No. 38 to No. 15) on the list. In addition, the small African country of Eritrea made the Top 10 for the first time at No. 10. Libya climbed from No. 26 to No. 17.

Syria made the largest jump on the World Watch List. The country is No. 11 on the list, compared to No. 36 in 2012.

Christians are persecuted in at least 60 countries for their faith. They suffer interrogation, arrest and even death in some of the most dangerous and restrictive countries in the world. For 58 years Open Doors has supported and strengthened believers worldwide through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development and prayer and presence ministry. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at

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The Hidden Gulag

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The Lives and Voices of
“Those Who are Sent to the Mountains”

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Description: Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.

From Page 158: In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, crimes against humanity are committed against persons sent to the political penal labor colonies. Evidence shows that:

1. Perceived or suspected “wrong-doers” or “wrong-thinkers,” or in some instances, persons with“wrong-knowledge,”123 and/or their family from the DPRK State Security Agency,124 which refuses to acknowledge the deprivation of freedom and refuses to provide information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons with the intent of removing those persons from the “protection of law” for a prolonged period of time.

2. The abducted persons are subjected to deportation or forcible transfer from the area in which they were lawfully present without grounds permitted under international law.

3. The abducted and deported persons are deposited at distant, remote, penal labor colonies or encampments, where they are subjected to “imprisonment or severe deprivation of physi- cal liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law.”129 These abductions, deporta- tions and the subsequent imprisonments all take place without any judicial process. There is no arrest, charge, trial, conviction or sentence, as provided in the DPRK Criminal Code and the DPRK Criminal Procedures Code.

4.The prolonged, indefinite detention of family members is a violation of Article 26 of the ICCPR, “…the law shall prohibit any discrimi- nation and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The imprisonment of family members amounts to what the ICC Statute terms as “persecu- tion.” Most family members of suspected wrong-doers or wrong-thinkers are detained for the rest of their lives in sections of the prison camps termed “total control zones.”

5. Once cut off from any contact with the coun- try or world outside of the prison camp, including former family and friends, the imprisoned persons are subjected, usually for a lifetime, to arduous forced labor under extremely severe circumstances. This begins with the provision of below subsistence level food rations.

7. Prisoners are regularly subjected to beatings and sometimes more systematic torture for infractions of prison camp regulations and during interrogations.

8.On numerous occasions, prisoners compelled to observe executions (which are carried out publicly to demonstrate to other prisoners the severe consequences of escape attempts and/or non-compliance with camp regulations) …

9. Prison camp officials and guards are regularly able to exact sexual relations with female prison- ers under circumstances that have been judged to constitute rape or sexual violence …

These are just a few excerpts from the  CONCLUSIONS in the Hidden Gulag Report. You can read the entire report here –

Photo via Google satellite via –

the rear of a secret Gulag (internment camp for Christians)

12 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. The Master's Slave
    ian. 08, 2013 @ 17:02:46

    Reblogged this on The Master's Slave.

  2. The Master's Slave
    ian. 08, 2013 @ 17:03:27

    Thank you for this post. Quite the eye opener indeed.

    • rodi
      ian. 08, 2013 @ 17:25:48

      My prayer is that more of us will pray for our brothers and sisters in the persecuted church, as well as for their governments. So thanks for spreading the word by reblogging the post.

      • The Master's Slave
        ian. 08, 2013 @ 17:30:22

        You’re quite welcome. To look at this stats and think that I have it tough? Please. I’m ashamed to complain over anything.

  3. Delight in Truth
    ian. 08, 2013 @ 20:36:35

    Heart breaking to read this…

    I remember few years ago I watched a documentary on a visiting surgeon doing cataract surgeries in N. Korea. Following the surgery, when the patients returned to have their bandages taken off and experience their much improved vision, they were all huddled in a room. The camera followed each one as they were opening their eyes in front of the room. The next thing they did was to turn to a large portrait of Kim Jung Il and thank him using terms we have in our Bible to thank God… they were thanking him for the ability to see the sun, flowers, people… Some would bow down and worship him…. some would ask for weapons to go and kill every American… some would cry uncontrollably with tears of ecstasy…

    It may have been part authentic, part show… but those poor people are brainwashed. There are reports and testimonies of family members telling on their own who are trying to escape form labor camps… It’s so painful to even think about it. We need to pray for these believers that 1. God would save them from this regime and 2. even if they are not saved, that God would strengthen them.

    • rodi
      ian. 08, 2013 @ 21:52:35

      that is heart wrenching to hear. Of course fear is a great motivator for people to act the way they do, especially in public, before cameras.You are absolutely right about praying for them whether they are saved or not. The inhuman conditions they have to live with in those camps are unbearable to read. I had to skip over some parts in the gulag report when I read through it.

      We always look to heroes here in America, and in my opinion there can be no heroes like these true heroes of the faith, these brothers and sisters who are following in Christ’s footsteps and laying down their own life for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  4. mtsweat
    ian. 09, 2013 @ 03:57:10

    Reblogged this on Resting in His Grace and commented:
    Rodi shares this report of persecution in the world. A very prayer provoking article and chart.

    • rodi
      ian. 09, 2013 @ 09:53:42

      Thanks for sharing the post and more importantly for praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters! God bless you!

  5. mtsweat
    ian. 09, 2013 @ 04:00:32

    Thanks for sharing this good friend. Revealing. Blessings as we keep our brethren who face severe persecution lifted before our Lord.

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