Religious freedom conditions in North Korea are among the worst in the world. The North Korean constitution nominally grants freedom of religious belief, but it also prohibits the use of religion for what the state calls “drawing in foreign forces or for harming the State.”
Anyone caught practicing religion or even suspected of harboring religious views in private is subject to severe punishment, including arrest, torture, imprisonment, and execution. A recent report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom details how the Workers Party of Korea led by Kim Jong Un targets and tortures Christians and other people of faith while going to great lengths to conceal its crimes.
The report spells out the acts of terror committed by the regime designed to and quoting “remove all traces of Christianity” and reveals that “the campaign to exterminate all Christian adherents and institutions…has been brutally effective.” North Korea’s secret police, the Ministry of State Security, are incentivized with promotions when they apprehend Christians.
Christians are the most persecuted because of the faith’s association with the U.S. and Europe. Undercover government spies search for any evidence of worship making it impossible for Korean Christians to congregate without being reported. Even children are taught from a young age to be suspicious of Christianity.