North Korea: The World's Foremost Violator of Religious Freedom

Shrouded in secrecy, North Korea remains one of the world’s most mysterious countries. Unfortunately, what we do know about North Korea indicates the country is also one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights, including violations of religious freedom. The North Korean regime has engaged in an intense crackdown on religion for decades. Today, few religious believers remain, and those who do face grave peril. The secretive nature of the regime nicknamed the “hermit kingdom” makes it difficult for American leaders to address these human rights issues. Yet, even though options are limited, the gravity of the situation calls on Western countries to take every action possible to relieve the suffering of the North Korean people, who have no chance of speaking up for themselves.

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