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In 2016, British scholar Hazel Smith reported that health and nutrition of the population had improved greatly and was comparable to other developing countries. She disputed the view that government policies were creating a human rights crisis that was unique to North Korea. North Korean citizens usually cannot freely travel around the country, let alone travel abroad. Emigration and immigration are strictly controlled. Forced resettlement of citizens and whole families, especially as punishment for political reasons, is said to be routine.

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7 We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea. From 1949 to the mid-1950s, under the rule of Kim Il-sung, all churches were closed.

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Personnel in the criminal justice system have wide discretion and are allegedly authorized to operate without regard to the formal legal rights of Koreans. The People’s Republic of China returns all refugees from North Korea, treated as illegal immigrants, usually imprisoning them in a short-term facility. Women who are suspected of being impregnated by Chinese men are subjected to forced abortions; babies born alive are killed. Abortions up to full term are induced by injection; live premature babies or full-term newborns are sometimes killed but more commonly simply discarded into a bucket or box and then buried. They may live several days in the disposal container. When the food crisis began, access to food came through a public distribution system controlled by the regime, and entitlements were partly a function of political status.

Even after the Korean War, North Korea is accused of abducting South Koreans such as Kim Dong-shik, who was abducted on January 16, 2000 and Jin Gyeong-suk, a North Korean defector to South Korea who was abducted on August 8, 2004. Regardless of the admission to Prime Minister Koizumi, the North Korean government continues to deny the kidnappings of other foreign nationals and refuses any cooperation to investigate further cases of suspected abductions. The constitution states that courts are independent and that judicial proceedings are to take place in strict accordance to the law; however, an independent judiciary does not exist. Little information is available on formal criminal-justice procedures and practices, with outside access to the legal system limited to trials for traffic violations and other minor offenses. North Korea’s population is one of the world’s most ethnically homogeneous, and immigration is almost non-existent. Among the few immigrants that have willingly gone to North Korea are Japanese spouses of Koreans who returned from Japan from 1955 to the early 1980s.

36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea. United Nations Human Rights Council Session 25 Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea A/HRC/25/63 page 12 . In October 2014, North Korea admitted for the first time that it had labor camps. Choe Myong Nam, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said "Both in law and practice, we do have reform through labor detention camps – no, detention centers – where people are improved through their mentality and look on their wrongdoings". The prisoners are forced to perform hard and dangerous slave labor with primitive means in mining and agriculture.

We ask and pray that our family feel Your presence, that your priceless gifts might burn and glow from within. We ask that, in spite of the atrocities around them, You would bless your children with Your Spirit, that they would feel you through all circumstances. Evil is at work and fighting against the greatness of our God.

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The North Korean constitution nominally protects religious freedom, as long as it is not used to harm the state or the social order. However, in practice, there is no genuine religious freedom, and the government severely restricts religious activity except if it is supervised by government organizations. North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung rejected the concept of civil rights for people who oppose the regime. There is an extensive system of informants throughout North Korea which monitor Koreans with respect to political and other possible infractions without reference to formal civil rights. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online’s independence. 98% of our readers don’t give; they simply look the other way.

  • And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes.
  • In the Bible, Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well.
  • The Ministry of Social Security dispenses with trials in political cases and refers prisoners to the State Security Department for punishment.
  • Even sending an email requires a paid “stamp.” Furthermore, our recent analysis of these contracts suggests that they actually put the interests of incarcerated people last, prioritizing cost savings and the provider’s bottom line.
  • No damages are available under RLUIPA, just injunctive relief; see Sossamon v. Texas .

For one, we don’t know how much the D.O.C.’s overcharging us. From the accounts of prisoners in other states, they’re paying 1/3 of what they’re charging us. For instance, we pay $140 for ours, but the state of Michigan only charges about $52 – and they perform the same. Also, they’ve just allowed us to rent movies on them.

It can be all too easy to hate the attackers and wish them harm. God, our good Father, we come before You on behalf of our brothers and sisters living in captivity in Nigeria. We ask You make Yourself known to them, comforting them, reminding them You are still God and are still in control. We pray boldly that all captives will be set free—today—in Your name. Our great God, we come before you and plead for the emotional well-being of our Christian family in Nigeria.

13 When a moderate south wind came up, thinking that they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and began sailing along Crete, closer to shore. A prison without bars– Refugee and defector testimonies of severe violations of freedom of religion or belief in North Korea as reported by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom .

For example, Ri Hyon-ok was allegedly publicly executed in Ryongchon on June 16, 2009 for giving out Bibles, while her husband and children were deported to the Hoeryong political prison camp. If authorities discover that North Korean refugees deported from China have converted to Christianity, they suffer harsher ill-treatment, torture, and prolonged imprisonment. The government considers religious activities political crimes, because they could challenge the personality cult and semi-deification of Kim Il-sung and his family. 13 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. 14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. 15 And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.