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International Religious Freedom Report claims that a family was given a life sentence when a Bible was found in their possession, including a two-year-old child.

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2022, which details the regime’s repression of those who hold religious views, made this occurrence public knowledge.

Inmates in North Korea have reportedly been imprisoned for “being Christians” in numbers between 50,000 and 70,000, according to a non-governmental organization (NGO) report.


According to the story, a two-year-old who was apparently given a life sentence after his parents were discovered to be in possession of a Bible was among the many people imprisoned. Due to their religious practices and ownership of a Bible, the family was detained. In 2009, the entire family, including with a two-year-old, was given a life term in a political prison camp.


Christians who have been held in these camps have spoken of the appalling conditions and severe physical abuses. According to the report, the Ministry of State Security was accountable for 90% of all documented violations of human rights committed against Christians and followers of shamanism.

The State Department claims that the North Korean government targets people who practice religion, own religious objects, interact with religious people, or hold religious beliefs, citing a report by Korea Future, a non-profit organization “working to accelerate justice and support accountability” in North Korea. Persecuted people may be imprisoned, forced to work, tortured, denied a fair trial, deported, deprived of their right to life, or the target of sexual assault.


A report detailing North Korea’s misuse of religious freedom against women was published in December 2021 by Korea Future. Interviews with 151 abused Christian women served as the basis for the report. According to the report, arbitrary arrest, torture, deportation, forced labor, and sexual assault were the most typical abuses.



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