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* 2008 Annual Report on Religious Freedom in North Korea

 

The Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of the CBCK (hereinafter, the CRKP), together with the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (hereinafter NKDB Center), published ‘the 2008 Annual Report on Religious Freedom in North Korea – Actual State of Religious Freedom in North Korea’ in March 2009.

 

This is the second of such reports to be released following the one issued in February 2008. This report has a significance as a material that presents the overall state of religious freedom in North Korea. It is composed of four chapters: religious policy, reality of religious freedom and of religious persecution in North Korea, and finally suggestions to relief and prevention from the religious persecution.

 

This report is based on a survey of 2047 North Korean defectors who entered in South Korea between 2007 and 2008 and on the data of 345 cases of religious persecutions in North Korea with 252 related persons.

 

According to the report, 99.7 percent of respondents said they cannot freely practice their religious belief in North Korea. When a North Korean practices or proclaims his/her religious belief in public, possesses religious things, or comes in contact with religious people, he/she is persecuted in North Korea.

 

Mr. John Yun Yeo-sang, who as an expert member of the CRKP took a charge of the survey and prepared the report, gave suggestions for solution to relieve and prevent the North Koreans from the religious persecutions: a regular monitoring of the reality of religious freedom and persecution in North Korea; working on a method to prevent North Koreans from the religious persecution and help its victims; inter-Korean religious exchanges and examination of a connection between humanitarian aid of the religious world to North Korea and the extension of religious freedom; strengthening official and unofficial religious approaches to North Koreans; organizing an interreligious federation to extend the religious freedom in North Korea; strengthening assistance to North Korean defectors in South Korea in practicing their religious belief; developing a long-term strategy for evangelizing North Korea.

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641 Communication on April 30 2009.08.25 9465
640 Day for Korean Missionaries Abroad 2010.10.07 9414
639 Forum on “Law on Welfare and Self-Reliance of the Homeless” 2012.04.16 9391
638 Communications on Oct. 19, 2001 2009.08.24 9385
637 Communication on May 16, 2008 2009.08.27 9371
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