Open Doors World Persecution Watch List 2014 (new – VIDEO)

The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. First of all, the list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in the entire country. The focus is on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.

The 5 countries in which Christians are persecuted the most are:

  1. As in the last 12 years, North Korea is #1 as the state where Christians are persecuted the most. Tens of thousands of Christians are imprisoned, gruesomely tortured and have to do forced labor.Being discovered as a Christian in Kim Jung Un’s  North Korea is virtually the same  as a death sentence.
  2. Somalia – Christians do not have the right to live in Somalia. Islamic extremists are insisting that  the country remain a Moslem country, with not room for Christians and Christian churches. A believer in Christ who is discovered has to fear for his life.
  3. Syria – Before the civil war, the country was  regarded as a place of peace for Christians in the middle east. But with the war, many militant islamic  groups have come from abroad and joined the so called free syrian army. Christians are being targeted, attacked, threatened, abducted and killed.
  4. Iraq – Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled the country and attacks on churches and their people continue. Even in the Kurdish regions, in the north, once a refuge for Christians, aggression towards Christians is on the rise.
  5. Afghanistan – There is not a single ‘official’ church building in the country. Moslems who become christians face massive persecution by relatives and government officials. The goal of islamic extremists is to expel or kill all Christians.

You can find more info. on the persecuted Christians  at http://www.opendoors.org

World Watch List 2014

World Watch List 2013

Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons. VIDEO by Open Doors USA

World Watch List 2012

The top 10 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe… The church around the world is facing times which are unprecedented in many ways. For the tenth year in succession, the Open Doors World Watch List is topped by North Korea, and in places as diverse as Libya, North Korea, Pakistan and Burma, significant events are shaping society. But despite the many hardships, the body of Christ continues to grow.

Find out more about our World Watch List by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

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Update on the 80 North Koreans summarily executed in public, some may have been killed for possessing Bibles

Source Mission News Network and Daily Mail UK

I have been watching this news item for a few days, and up until yesterday there was no evidence that Christians were also targeted. Originally, the North Korean government stated that the 80 people rounded up and publicly executed had a committed the crime of possessing South Korean Movie DVD’s and for ‘prostitution’ (could it be possessing pornography?). However, in the last 2 days, several news outlets are revising the story and are also reporting that, at least some of those executed, may have been killed for possessing a Bible, and, reportedly, the families of the victims and friends have been sent to gulags (forced labor camps).

north korea gulag

Here’s the report from the Daily Mail:

Several large-scale public executions of around 80 people have taken place in North Korea, according to a South Korean newspaper.

In one, woman and children were herded into a sports stadium and forced to watch people being shot dead by machine gun fire.

The executions took place on Sunday November 3, a source told the paper.

Why the executions took place is difficult to ascertain, but the paper speculates that they may have been carried out to quell unrest and stop capitalist ideology from growing, as they took place in areas of recent economic growth.

Some of the deaths may also have been a punishment for the perceived crimes of watching South Korean movies, distributing pornography, using prostitutes and possessing Bibles.

JoongAng Ilbo reported that in Wonsan, in Kangwon Province, 10,000 people were ordered into Shinpoong Stadium, and forced to watch eight people, who were tied to stakes with sacks over their heads, being killed by machine guns.

Its source said: ‘I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards.’

Other executions took place in Chongjin in North Hamgyong Province, Sariwon in North Hwanghae Province and Pyongsong in South Pyongan.

North Koreans are forced to adhere to the Juche ideology – a doctrine which mixes Marxism with the worship of North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung and his descendents.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Please continue to pray for the world wide persecuted church, and for the persecutors. May God give the brave persecuted men and women, who have done no wrong, the strength to stand, and their families comfort for the losses they are experiencing.

Behind the wall of secrecy: Escape from Camp 14 in North Korea

Also watch Shin Dong-Hyuk at this Google Talks event here – BORN AND RAISED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP in North Korea (video from Google Talks)

From 24/04/12 Little is known about the prison camps of North Korea where it is estimated that 200,000 are imprisoned. Many are born in the camps and generations of families are imprisoned because one of their relatives has been detained.

Shin Dong-Hyuk is one such case. He was born 26 years ago in Camp 14 in Pyeongan province, known as a ‘complete control district’, where the only sentence is life.

For most of his life all he knew was the camp, working 12 to 15-hour days mining coal, building dams or sewing military uniforms. If inmates were not executed they were killed in work-related accidents or died of an illness usually triggered by hunger.

But after the execution of his mother and brother, Shin Dong-Hyuk decided to try and escape. No one born into a North Korean prison camp has ever escaped before.

Shin Dong-Hyuk will be joining us at the Frontline Club with Blaine Harden whose book Escape from Camp 14; One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West recounts his extraordinary journey.

Blaine Harden is an author and journalist who reports for PBS Frontline and contributes to The Economist. He worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine.

Chaired by Charles Scanlon, Asia Pacific editor at BBC World Service and formerly BBC correspondent in Japan and South Korea from 2000 to 2007.

VIDEO by FrontlineClubLondon

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Inside NK – The true picture of North Korea

Ep.01 Ji, SunghoIn the Korean language with subtitles. VIDEO by LastMartyrs

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Kim Eun Jin – a martyr’s story from his daughter who survived North Korea’s brutal crackdown on Christians

What an inspirational testimony! Kim Eun Jin’s grandmother was the only one who had a Bible, and her Bible was in the Chinese language. So, Kim’s grandmother translated the Bible, page by page into the Korean language. Kim’s father, a faithful man and leader of the Christian church was arrested and taken to a labor camp, where it is believed he was killed. Watch the video below for a precious interview with a wonderful christian woman who shares her testimony of persecution in North Korea.

Kim Eun Jin N. KoreaPhoto credit video

Every day, at the breakfast table, my father would tell us that one day they will come for us and arrest us for being Christians. He warned us for the price we would some day face for our faith. I remember him saying often that, „Even if I face death, I will follow Jesus”. 

Kim Eun Jin, age 31, born in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim’s testimony is rare, considering the numbers in North Korea. The CIA estimates that some 24 million people live in the communist country, and the best guess is about 2% or 480,000 are Christians. Just a handful of them have escaped from the brutal regime.  and lived to tell their story. Kim Eun Jin is one of them.

Growing up, I was told by authorities there is no God in this world. We were ordered instead to worship Kim Il-sung and Kim Jung-il, the leaders of the country. Freedom of religion is guaranteed under North Korea’s constitution, but, it’s never encouraged. Growing up she had heard how her city, Pyongyang was once the Jerusalem of the East. In 1945, 13% of the population was Christian. The city was the center of Christianity on the Korean peninsula. Half a century later, Kim’s faith made her a target.

VIDEO by gtasoul·

Read more on the North Korean Persecution:

 

☆ Stories of Persecution in North Korea – Student Testimony // The 3rd Lausanne Congress CapeTown South Africa 2010

An inspiring testimony from a North Korean Student who was orphaned and now wants to live her life for the Lord. From The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism.
For more inspiring testimonies, visit http://WitnessHK.com
(English Subtitles – click the „CC” button to show subtitles)
VIDEO by WitnessHK

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☆ Stories of Persecution in North Korea -The story of Hea Woo

http://www.worldwatchlist.us
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http://www.persecution.net
For more information on Christian persecution in North Korea, please visit http://www.worldwatchlist.us/world-wa… VIDEO by Open Doors USA

North Korea: Hea-Woo

Still the most hostile country in which to live and practise the Christian faith, there are reports of many Christians arrested, with at least 25 per cent of Christians believed to be languishing in labour camps for their refusal to worship founder Kim Il-Sung’s cult. Half the population lives in the north, close to China, where family-based networks of house churches exist in significant numbers. Roughly ten million inhabitants are malnourished, with thousands eating only grass and bark. VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

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North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses (Video with secret footage)

The video presents women, children and political prison camp issues in North Korea. Seven victims decribe their experiences of horror. The video is intertwined with secret footages shot in North Korea. The documentary was produced in 2011 by the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights. http://www.nkhumanrights.or.kr, http://www.facebook.com/NKhumanrights http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/….
VIDEO by Citizens’ Alliance North Korean Human Rights

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Shin, the only person to escape a North Korean Camp, from Journeyman Pictures (viewer discretion advised)

The only escapee of North Koreas most brutal prison camp has lived to tell us a story of unspeakable horror. Starved of food and common humanity, Shin proves that gulags are still a tragic reality.
We were always hungry. Shins most vivid memory of his life in the camp is the constant hunger he felt, food made me escape, even if it was going to cost me my life. The only thing that interested me was the food. Before his escape three years ago, he didnt even know that a world existed beyond the barbed wires. Until then, his life had been one of torture, hard labour and complete isolation.

My mother was supposed to inform on me and me on her. He believed she deserved her fate as he witnessed her execution. I blamed her. I had no real feelings as a kid. Shin didnt know love, only violence. Once the guards beat a little girl on the head so hard, she died the next day.

He eventually escaped through a gap in a high-voltage fence. His charred legs still bear the scars. As horrible as it is, Shins story is not unique. Wang, himself a former prisoner, is a prominent writer on the subject.

He believes that oppression in North Korea will keep increasing: The brutality of the system has grown to the point where Kim Jong Il now fears that he will suffer the same fate as Ceausescu of Romania. He simply wants to kill all his enemies.

VIDEO by Journeyman Pictures See more here – Journeyman Pictures- a list of films (links) about North Korea

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BORN AND RAISED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP in North Korea (video from Google Talks)

Google Tech Talks from May, 12 2008
Here is the abstract that was presented for the talk:

ABSTRACT

Google will be hosting Dong Hyuk Shin, a 26-year-old North Korean defector born and raised in a concentration camp. Shin was born on Nov. 19, 1982 and called the camp home until 2005. While at the camp, he endured daily beatings, torture, starvation-level rations, saw forced abortions and even witnessed the public execution of his mother and brother in 1996. Shin described his life of total isolation from the world: „In South Korea, although there is disappointment and sadness, there is also so much joy, happiness and comfort. In Kaechon, I did not even know such emotions existed. The only emotion I ever knew was fear: fear of beatings, fear of starvation, fear of torture and fear of death.” LiNK’s Executive Director Adrian Hong will brief the audience on the broader issue of human rights in North Korea, as well as the current refugee situation and what can be done to help. Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, is an international non-governmental organization devoted to human rights in North Korea and the protection of North Korean refugees.

Speaker: Adrian Hong
Adrian Hong: Adrian Hong currently serves as Executive Director of Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, an international NGO devoted to human rights in North Korea, and the protection of North Korean refugees all over the world. In December of 2006, Mr. Hong was arrested along with 2 LiNK field workers and 6 North Korean refugees in the People’s Republic of China and imprisoned before being released and deported

Speaker: Dong-hyuk SHIN
Dong-hyuk SHIN: Mr. Shin was born and raised in Political Prison Camp No. 14 until his escape in 2005. Based in South Korea, he has testified before Britain’s House of Lords, and published a book in 2007 entitled „I Was a Political Prisoner at Birth in North Korea” published by the DataBase Center for North Korean Human Rights. Mr. Shin aspires to attend college and hopes to become a policeman.

VIDEO by GoogleTechTalks

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North Korea: UN rights probe shows ‘unspeakable atrocities’ – Fugari nord-coreeni au făcut „mărturii de nedescris” pentru anchetatorii ONU

Michael Kirby, who headed the inquiry, told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the witness testimonies were not isolated cases. He also stated that besides the torture, the inmates are also subjected to mass starvation: „They had to live on rodents, grasshoppers, lizards and grass”.

Kirby said the independent inquiry would seek to determine which North Korean institutions and officials were responsible. The report did not say what kind of prosecution might be considered. North Korea is not a member of the International Criminal Court, but the U.N. Security Council can ask the Hague-based court to investigate alleged abuses by non-signatories. North Korean diplomat Kim Yong Ho said the inquiry was a fake and defamatory „political plot” to force regime change in North Korea. It had been politicized by the European Union and Japan, „in alliance with the U.S. hostile policy”, Kim said. „We will continue to oppose any attempt of regime change and pressure under pretext of ‘human rights protection’,” he said. North Korea’s main ally China, joined by Belarus and Syria, were among countries defending it during the 90-minute debate. (http://www.reuters.com)

ROMANIAN:

Reprezentanţii comisiilor din Tokyo şi Seul, care anchetează încălcarea drepturilor omului în Coreea de Nord şi interoghează coreeni aflaţi în exil şi foşti deţinuţi, s-au declarat şocaţi de mărturiile pe care fugarii le povestesc.

lagare_de_munca_coreea (Foto: theblaze.com)Experienţele oferă o imagine sinistră a suferinţei umane. Între atrocităţile descrise se numără o femeie forţată să-şi înece propriul copil, copii închişi încă de la naștere şi înfometaţi, familii obligate să privească execuţiile rudelor sau condiţii de muncă silnică greu de descris.

„Mărturiile sunt reprezentative pe scară largă şi constituie încălcări sistematice şi barbare ale drepturilor omului”, a declarat Michael Kirby, cel care a condus interviurile. Totuşi, Coreea de Nord neagă adevărul acestor fapte şi chiar existenţa lagărelor de concentrare.

În plus, ambasadorul nord-corean So Se-pyong a declarat că mărturiile sunt „inventate de forţe ostile ţării”. Sursa http://bbc.co.uk Traducere http://semneletimpului.ro

ENGLISH

A UN rights investigation into North Korea has shown there is evidence of widespread violations by the state.

Those who survived North Korean prisons suffered „unspeakable atrocities”, said the UN panel, who interviewed exiles and former prisoners.

A North Korean official in Geneva, where the findings were presented on Tuesday, denied the findings.

The North is frequently accused of rights violations, including torture, abductions and running prison camps.

The UN panel members of this landmark investigation into North Korea interviewed witnesses in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, last month.

The panel was set up to investigate „the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in North Korea, the UN said in a previous statement.

North Korean soldiers patrol along the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju on 12 February 2013 North Korea has refused requests from the UN panel to enter the country

Michael Kirby, who headed the inquiry, told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the witness testimonies were not isolated cases.

„They are representative of large-scale patterns that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations,” he said as part of the panel’s preliminary report.

He added the testimonies gave „a face and voice to great human suffering”.

Some of the atrocities reported included a woman forced to drown her own baby; children imprisoned from birth and starved; and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera.

Mr Kirby told BBC World TV that they had received testimony from people who had been born into the prison camps because their family members were already there.

„They had to live on rodents, grasshoppers, lizards and on grass and they were subject to cruelty,” he said.

Mr Kirby said that one case told of inmates having to watch the public execution of their mother and brother.

He added: „All in all it is a very horrifying story, the like of which I don’t think I’ve seen or read of since the Khmer Rouge [in Cambodia] and the Nazi atrocities during the second world war.”

The panel have yet to determine those responsible for the violations.

North Korea, however, has dismissed the report as part of a defamatory campaign aimed at regime change. It has not co-operated with the investigation and denies the existence of prison camps.

North Korean ambassador, So Se-pyong, told the council that the evidence was „fabricated and invented by forces hostile” to the country.

UN investigators have repeatedly asked Pyongyang to let them into the country, but their requests have been refused so far.

The final UN report is not due until March next year. Reporting from http://www.bbc.co.uk

Open Doors USA 2013 world ranking of persecution by country – North Korea still #1, Mali newcomer to list #7

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Information and watch list from the non denominational group http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org. 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 http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.

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The Hidden Gulag

Second Edition

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

David Hawk

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 – http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/HRNK_HiddenGulag2_Web_5-18.pdf

Photo via Google satellite via stormfront.org –

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

Where Christian Persecution is Worst

World Watch List 2013

Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons. VIDEO by Open Doors USA

Open Doors World Watch List 2012

The top 10 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe… The church around the world is facing times which are unprecedented in many ways. For the tenth year in succession, the Open Doors World Watch List is topped by North Korea, and in places as diverse as Libya, North Korea, Pakistan and Burma, significant events are shaping society. But despite the many hardships, the body of Christ continues to grow.

Find out more about our World Watch List by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

North Korea has the deadliest level of Christian persecution in the world

The only worship that is allowed is that of the „dear leader” Kim Jong-Il and his father Kim Il-Sung. In North Korea, every other religious activity is labeled an act of insurrection against North Korean … (Rescue Christians.org)
VIDEO by rescuechristians

In spite of the intense and deadly persecution, our brothers and sisters in North Korea, they ask us not to pray for their deliverance, but that they stand strong during the persecution. This report is from Mission News Network:

North Korea (MNN) ― As people gather to pray this Sunday (November 3) during the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), they should remember Christians in the world’s most persecuted country.

Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, says instead of praying FOR members of the North Korean underground church, people should pray WITH them. “They don’t ask God to deliver them from persecution. They pray they’ll remain strong and faithful in the midst of their suffering.” North Korea is the world’s biggest Gospel opponent and persecutor of Christ-followers. It tops the Open Doors USA World Watch List, a ranking of the 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe.

Officials routinely put believers in modern-day concentration camps and worse. The government has tried repeatedly to extirpate Christianity from the country, but the underground Church has survived and has overcome severe suffering.

“The NK Christian’s example may help Americans better prepare for the persecution that may be coming soon to the USA,” explains Foley. “Their experience reminds us that a commitment to the four pillars of worship is integral to the Christian life.” The four pillars are featured in Seoul USA’s 100 Days of Worship campaign that runs through December 31.  Foley says Americans may be surprised to learn that North Korean Christians often pray for people of the USA and South Korea. “They pray for us because they feel we are persecuted by our prosperity and it distances us from God,” he explains. „They pray that we will remain faithful to the Lord.”

In an August blog, Foley shares the following comment from an underground NK believer:

“American and South Korean Christians have a strong sense that most problems can eventually be fixed with a combination of money, freedom, and effort. They have a hard time accepting that many situations can only be solved by God’s direct intervention. And God often waits to intervene until we run out of money, freedom, and effort and turn at last to Him, because only then can we really see what it means that He is God.”

Seoul USA recently obtained exclusive new video of faithful North Korean Christians worshipping inside a North Korean home. The rare video may appear shocking because the underground Christians shown are not poor. “It means the Gospel is spreading among those in the higher classes,” says Foley. China has recently joined NK government efforts to prevent the Gospel from spreading inside North Korea by jamming Seoul USA’s Christian shortwave radio broadcasts. “The cooperation of the Chinese government suggests the North Korean regime feels threatened by these broadcasts,” says Foley.

Pray that the eyes of Western believers will be opened to persecution. Pray that they will lift up their oppressed brothers and sisters in prayer.

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Inside North Koreea – keeping up appearances while persecuting Christians

6 camps via Google satellite – form http://gizmodo.com/5842124/north-korean-death-camps-shown-in-unprecedented-detail-by-google-earth

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observes a massive military parade commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean armistice. North Korea likes to impress with their military parades and show their might, yet they are very fearful of Christians and punish christianity with labor camps and imprisonment. There are an estimated 40,000 – 70,000 Christians housed in internment camps.

Channel 4 news in the United Kingdom has posted a 4 minute video of the recent military parade, with footage of the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, the grandson of the communist founder/dictator of North Korea – Kim Jong Il. This is some rare footage indeed, considering that North Korea is such a secretive society.

VIDEO by Channel4News

Voice of America report on this event:

PYONGYANG — North Korea on Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice with a large scale parade of soldiers and military hardware in Kim Il Sung Square.  Only a few Americans were officially invited to witness the parade.

For North Korea this is a victory celebration and a show of strength both to its own people and the rest of the world that it stands ready to fight again.  The Director General of the  political bureau of the country’s military Choe Ryong Hae, told the crowd that the country’s military and people along with the party would surely fulfill the lofty dreams of those heroes and warriors of the 1950s.

At the head of the parade were veterans mostly in their 80s and 90s, sitting in the back of open trucks.  They are considered heroes for helping to save their country in the war against the US led UN troops following North Korea’s invasion of South Korea in 1950.  Here America is blamed for starting that war.  The US, with which North Korea has no diplomatic relations is still considered the enemy.

Rows of tanks and other mobile armored weapons rolled past. all of it stenciled on  front „Let’s annihilate the US imperial aggressors, the blood enemy of the Korean people.”

Thousands of soldiers goose stepped, some wearing medals glistening in the bright sun on one of the warmest days of the year in Pyongyang.

Also on parade, large 16 wheel flatbed trucks carrying medium range ballistic missiles which army officers told VOA news are capable of hitting the US pacific state of Hawaii.

MiG jet fighters streaked by, heading north to south, and at low altitude helicopters dangled banners which read „We will protect Marshall Kim Jong Un at the cost of our lives.”

The young third generation leader did not address the crowd, but after thousands of cheering citizens paraded by shouting his name, Mr. Kim, with Chinese vice president  Li Yuanchao at his side, waved to the crowd from a shaded balcony above huge portraits of his late grandfather and father, the country’s founder and eternal president Kim Il Sung and Generalissimo Kim Jong Il.

Photo via Google satellite via stormfront.org – the rear of a secret Gulag

(internment camp for Christians)

US Christian Kenneth Bae Begins 15-Year Sentence in ‘Special Prison’ in North Korea

The Christian Post is reporting that U S Christian Kenneth Bae began serving his 15 year prison sentence of hard labor at a „special prison” in North Korea for alleged hostile acts against the state, two videos related to the tour guide and Christian missionary have emerged that may shed light on Bae’s evangelism activities in the oppressive communist country.

  • U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae appears in this undated photo shared on a Facebook page titled Remember Ken Bae, Detained in North Korea.
    (Photo: Facebook)
    U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae appears in this undated photo shared on a Facebook page titled „Remember Ken Bae, Detained in North Korea.”

North Korea’s official news agency has revealed that Bae, a 44-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen with family living in Washington state, entered prison on Tuesday, May 14, with no other details given on the location, name or specific type of prison, according to The Associated Press. Bae, who was put on trial and sentenced in April, reportedly lived in China close to the Korean border and frequently led tours into the country. Bae was arrested Nov. 3, 2012, while with a group of tourists in the northeastern port city of Rason (Rajin). During his trips, Bae apparently also visited and fed orphans, a topic he may have mentioned during a sermon he gave at a Missouri church in 2009.

Bae, whose tour company was called Nations Tour and operated out of Dalian, China, undoubtedly knew the risk he was taking if he indeed was evangelizing in North Korea. Despite its state-sanctioned churches, North Korea is notorious for its brutal means of keeping the masses in line, with its deadly labor camps frequently cited as examples by humanitarian groups worldwide.

Although the country’s constitution calls for freedom of religion, such a thing does not actually exist in North Korea, according to observers. The state ideology developed by deceased dictator Kim Il-Sung, called juche, claims that „man is the master of everything and decides everything,” according to the government’s website. North Koreans are compelled to venerate the ruling family, who have been ascribed mythological histories.

Bae is the sixth American to be detained by North Korea in five years, and none of his predecessors remained imprisoned longer than seven months. They, too, were given long prison sentences but were eventually released after visits to Pyongyang by high-profile Western officials, such as in 2009 when former President Bill Clinton secured the release of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

A similar attempt might have been made to facilitate Bae’s release when former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea in January. Richardson told Reuters news agency that officials had informed him that Bae was in good health but that they would not be allowed to see him. The former governor was reportedly allowed to pass along a letter from Bae’s son.

The U.S. State Department has called on North Korea to release Bae, whom Pyongyang officials claim confessed to the crimes during interrogation.

PLEASE PRAY for Kenneth Bae!

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-christian-kenneth-bae

North Korea Underground University

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photo from a secret concentration camp in North Koreea via Google earth

Here are 5 examples of how to pray for the persecuted church and its people, from Ephesians:

  • Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:8).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20). (Via CCU)

Bringing Light to the darkness

A ministry to North Koreans

From The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (One of the men in the video recalls seeing 2 young men in their twenties and a woman publicly executed for brining Bibles into North Koreea, and recalls wanting to know more about this Jesus that could prompt the government to kill it’s own people, in order to shut them up about Him):

North Korean BibleThese North Korean christians have endured hardship, and separation from family and friends. They experienced despair and hopelessness after living under an oppressive and exclusive regime, that rules with an iron fist, and that considers Christians the enemy of the state. One of the worst offenses for the government there is for someone to become a Christian and worship Christ over worshipping a state, the government and the Kim family. Leaving North Korea is considered treason. People who are caught are repatriated from China, and are often imprisoned in concentration camps, tortured, or even killed.

Considered the most dangerous place to be a follower of Jesus, North Korea consistently tops the world’s human rights watch lists as the most repressive and closed nation on earth. Reports of inhumane actions, particularly towards Christians, continue to trickle out of the country. But there is a group of exiles who have not only escaped the „Hermit Kingdom” but also desire to go back. You will meet four North Korean exiles training to take the gospel to their former homeland.

Two Killed for their faith in Christ in North Korea

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Two men were killed, one was shot to death while crossing into North Korea to see his family and share his faith with them, while the other was killed in one of  North Korea’s labor camps. The second man also took Bible classes in China, and 8 months later returned to North Korea, in spite of the danger he faced, by professing to be a Christian. He was arrested and sent into the prison camp, where he was forced to do hard labor, with very little food. Eight months later, it was confirmed that he was dead.

What amazing faith God has placed in these men, who faced certain death, sooner or later. The first one never even made it into North Korea. May God strengthen the North Korean Christians, who are a living and dying witness to the entire world, and who are counting it as gain to give up their lives, for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Two North Korean Christians have died because of their faith, a global persecution watchdog group revealed today.

Opens Doors USA confirmed the deaths of the two Christians, revealing that one was shot while he was leaving for Bible training in China, and that another one died in a labor camp in North Korea.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/two-north-koreans-killed-for-christian-faith-88516/#SkLAqQU1gaSD3VfT.99

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David Hawk

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 – http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/HRNK_HiddenGulag2_Web_5-18.pdf

Photo via Google satellite via stormfront.org –

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

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

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Information and watch list from  the non denominational group http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.  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 http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.

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The Hidden Gulag

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“Those Who are Sent to the Mountains”

David Hawk

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 – http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/HRNK_HiddenGulag2_Web_5-18.pdf

Photo via Google satellite via stormfront.org –

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

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