By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife Columns)-- For the 12th straight year the Open Doors organization has ranked North Korea as the country in which the persecution of Christians is most severe. Its annual World Watch List, released in December, notes that an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 North Korean Christians are imprisoned in labor camps.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife) -- North Korea is hiding coronavirus patients in ”quarantine camps” where...
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- An international Christian advocacy group welcomed Wednesday, August 5, North Korea's decision to release American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling but warned that at least 200,000 religious and political prisoners remain behind bars in labor camps across the isolated Communist nation, where executions of inmates continue.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- A South Korea-based Christian mission group says one of its workers responsible for contacts with underground churches and rescuing Christians in North Korea has disappeared and may have been kidnapped by North Korean secret service agents. In a statement obtained by BosNewsLife, Serving Life International (SLI) said it was concerned about the whereabouts of Deacon Kim WonHo.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A North Korean defector has been detained in China for helping an American missionary cross into North Korea, Korean media said Sunday, January 17, citing Free North Korea Radio.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A young American missionary, who has reportedly been detained for illegally entering North Korea on Christmas Day, was inspired to go there by a biography about the "first Christian martyr" of present day North Korea, suggested an e-mail obtained by BosNewsLife Sunday, December 27.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Thursday, May 30, over the whereabouts of an American evangelical missionary after North Korea confirmed it had sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for alleged "hostile acts" against the Communist-run isolated state. Pae Jun-ho, known in the U.S. as Kenneth Bae, was tried on April 30, the state news agency KCNA said.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A 28-year-old American Christian missionary has entered North Korea to urge leader Kim Jong Il to repent and release political prisoners and others persecuted for their faith, fellow activists said Saturday December 26.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea has released an American who was detained since November last year and allegedly mistreated for activities linked to mission work and spreading Christianity in the hardline Communist nation.