On Save North Koreans Day, It’s Time To End North Korea’s Total Denial Of Human Rights

Freedom of religion or belief is widely violated around the world, in various ways – through violent persecution or imprisonment of religious minorities, discriminatory or restrictive laws, or incitement to hatred. Authoritarian regimes, religious extremists and criminal gangs are among those who flagrantly abuse freedom of religion or belief. Yet despite the widespread nature of religious persecution, there are few countries in the world that totally deny freedom of thought, conscience and religion, a basic human right set out in its fullest form in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In most countries, churches, mosques and temples exist and can worship, even if severely restricted or threatened. The exceptions are Saudi Arabia, The Maldives, Eritrea and the world’s most closed nation, North Korea.

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