A new report on North Korea provides evidence that freedom of religion or belief is “largely non-existent”.
Kenneth Bae has published a book about his imprisonment in North Korea.
Kim Dong Chul, a missionary who was born in South Korea and is a naturalised US citizen, has been sentenced to ten years in labour camp for alleged “unpardonable espionage”. The image shows him being escorted to his Supreme Court trial on 29 April.
The imprisoned Canadian pastor, Hyeun-soo Lim (60), has appeared on television in a tightly-controlled interview with CNN conducted in a hotel in Pyongyang.
Canadian citizen Hyeun-soo Lim, a pastor involved in aid distribution in North Korea, has been sentenced to life in prison.
A Presbyterian pastor is one of two South Koreans recently detained in North Korea on charges of spying. They have been sentenced to life imprisonment in labour camp, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said on 30 June.
On Saturday 8 November, Kenneth Bae was released after almost two years in detention and was flown on a US government plane to America, where he was greeted by his mother.
Jeffrey Edward Fowle, an American Christian, returned home to the USA on 22 October following his release from detention in North Korea, where he had been accused of leaving a Bible in a hotel where he had been staying.
Kenneth Bae and two other Americans detained in North Korea spoke about their conditions in interviews with CNN on 1 September, and pleaded for US help.
Australian missionary John Short (75), who was being held by the North Korean authorities for allegedly distributing religious materials, has been released and deported to China.