Religious freedom. Myth or Fact? By Annalisa Joash, Surbiton High School

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In North Korea religious persecution is horrifyingly common fuelled by their denial of article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It states a person should have the freedom to change and practice their religion. It’s estimated that at least 100,000 Christians, around a 1/4 of the Christian population in North Korea, are persecuted and/or are being held in prison and labour camps. Christians in North Korea are said to be the most heavily persecuted in the world.

Being uncovered as a Christian in North Korea is a death sentence on the grounds of being a ‘political criminal’. If they aren’t killed instantly, they’re  taken to a labour camp where the inhumane conditions and the barbaric torture, results in few believers making it out alive. Even if they somehow miraculously survive, irrevocable physical and mental changes have occurred.