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‘Hell on earth’

May 2011

‘Hell on earth’

Release International has launched a campaign called One Day to call on North Korea to protect the human rights of Christians in that country.
    According to reports from the CIA, North Korea is considered to be one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Christians can be detained, tortured and sent to what have been likened to concentration camps as political prisoners. Many flee the country to avoid persecution — as well as starvation.
    All Christian meetings, Christian literature and Bibles are banned — forcing believers to meet secretly at great personal risk both to themselves and their families.
    Entire families are known to have been imprisoned if just one member is found to be a Christian or in possession of a Bible.
    Andy Dipper, chief executive of Release, said, ‘We are urging the government of North Korea to allow Christians to worship freely without the threat of persecution’.
    As part of this campaign, the Christian organisation is drawing up a petition around the country and will present it to the North Korean embassy in London.
    Mr Dipper added: ‘Release also asks Christians in the UK to pray and take action to help their persecuted brothers and sisters — and to support North Korean Christians now trying to adjust to life outside’.

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