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Source: Economic Times
A complete family, including a two-year-old child, was sentenced to life in jail when a Bible was discovered in their hands. This terrible instance exemplifies the North Korean regime’s extraordinary tactics to crush religious freedom.
According to a non-governmental organization (NGO) document, between 50,000 and 70,000 North Korean civilians have been imprisoned for “being Christians.”
According to the North Korean defector-sourced NGO Korea Future, individuals arrested have been subjected to physical abuse, forced labor, and sexual violence.
Although there are a few officially registered religious institutions in North Korea, such as churches, they function under strong state control and are frequently viewed as mere showcases for foreign tourists.
Reports from non-governmental organizations give information on the level of religious persecution in North Korea. In October 2020, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) published a white paper chronicling 1,411 incidences of religious persecution, including 126 deaths and 94 disappearances.
According to an NKDB study of 14,832 North Korean defectors seeking safety in foreign countries, 99.6 percent of them said that religious activities were not tolerated in their native country. Only 2% of those polled said they had visited religious institutions.