Advocacy group Release International has garnered more than 28,000 signatures for a petition calling on the North Korean government to protect Christians in the country.
As part of its One Day campaign, to raise awareness of persecuted Christians in one of the most closed countries on earth, Release also supported a special vigil in London in September.
The prayer vigil was held outside the North Korean embassy and was organised by North Korean Christians living in the UK.
The petition, addressed to the ambassador, is still open online. It reads: ‘We, the undersigned, wish to express our gravest concern and disappointment regarding the DPRK government’s failure to safeguard the interests and protect the human rights of North Korean Christians.
‘Freed from exploitation and oppression by the DPRK constitution, Christians in North Korea are now under further oppression by the North Korean government itself.
‘North Korean Christians are loyal to their country and only wish the religious freedom to worship. For this desire, they are detained, brutally tortured and removed from society.
‘They spend years in work camps, and are forced to flee the country they love to avoid this terrible persecution. Given a chance to practise their faith freely, North Korean Christians would work to support North Korean society and unity’.
Release has also put out a new DVD about its One Day campaign (www.releaseinternational.org).