North Korea Should Be Held Accountable for Persecuting Christians

In February 2014, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) confirmed the world’s worst fears: North Korea is guilty of crimes against humanity. In addition to the atrocities committed by the Kim regime, the report found that “there is no effective freedom of religious belief in the DPRK.” The U.S. and the international community cannot afford to be silent about violations of the essential right of North Koreans to practice their faith. The U.S. should be more vocal in its criticism of North Korea and should do more to hold the Kim regime accountable, not just for its human rights atrocities, but for its egregious violations of religious liberty.

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