[NK News] North Korea continues to persecute tens of thousands of religious believers: US

17 May 2023

On May 16, NK News reported on the state of religious freedom in North Korea delineated in the U.S. State Department's latest annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which was released the day before. NKDB's 2020 White Paper on Religious Freedom in North Korea, which elaborated on aspects and cases of religious persecution by the North Korean authorities, has been cited multiple times in the State Department report and also mentioned in this NK News article.

The State Department’s 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom released Monday indicates that DPRK authorities have continued to “execute, torture, arrest and physically abuse individuals for their religious activities” since the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on human rights in the country, concluding that little has changed in the intervening years.


The State Department also referred to the findings of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), which documented 1,411 cases of religious persecution in its 2020 white paper on religious freedom in the DPRK, of which 8.9% were killings.

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