‘the prevailing spirit of the united nations’


North Korea still worst persecutor of Christians

Christianity Today by Jenna Lyle

Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 15:34 (GMT)

Reclusive North Korea has yet again topped Open Doors’ list of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.

North Korea ranked number one on the persecution watchdog’s 2008 World Watch List, the seventh year in a row that the communist country has come out on top.

Open Doors and other Christian rights groups say North Korea denies its citizens the right to freedom of worship and report imprisonment and torture of people caught practicing the Christian faith.

“It is certainly not a shock that North Korea is No 1 on the list of countries where Christians face the worst persecution,” says Carl Moeller, President and CEO of Open Doors USA.

“There is no other country in the world where Christians are persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner.”

No 2 on the list was the Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while Iran came in at No 3. Both countries are ruled by a strict interpretation of Shariah law under which apostasy is punishable by death.

In the last five months, Compass News Direct reported that a daughter of a member of Saudi Arabia’s religious police was murdered after she wrote online about her faith in Christ, while a 28-year-old Christian man was allegedly arrested by Saudi authorities for telling of his conversion and criticising the kingdom’s judiciary on his website.

Open Doors said 2008 had been one of the toughest years for Christians in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 with a major crackdown on house churches and a large number of Christians arrested.

Afghanistan moved up three places from last year to become the fourth worst persecutor of Christians in the world, according to Open Doors, which said the Taliban had put greater pressure on Christians during 2008. There was international outcry when Christian aid worker, Gayle Williams, was shot and killed by the Taliban last October as she walked to the offices of the charity she volunteered for in Kabul.

Afghanistan was followed on the World Watch List by Somalia, the Maldives, Yemen, Laos, Eritrea and Uzbekistan.

Somalia moved from No 12 in 2007 to No 5 last year after a sharp increase in reports of persecution against Christians in 2008, while Open Doors said around 3,000 Christians were being held in Eritrean prisons.

India also moved up eight places to No 22 after the second half of 2008 was blighted by the worst outbreak of religious violence against Christians in Indian history, particularly in the state of Orissa, where believers were murdered and their homes and churches burnt down.

“The escalation of violence against Christians in India in 2008 is very troubling,” says Moeller. “Please pray for believers there.”

Countries to move down the list were China and Bhutan. China moved from No 10 to No 12, while Bhutan moved from No 5 in 2007 to No 11 last year.

Open Doors said it was positive about the drop in persecution against Christians in Vietnam, which moved from No 8 in 2006 to No 23 in 2008, and long-time World Watch List entry Colombia, which has now come off the list altogether.

Open Doors is encouraging Christians to join in its ongoing prayer campaign for North Korea, but especially during North Korea Freedom Week April 25 to May 2.


Press Release

23 June 2005

The following statement was issued today by four independent experts of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights with the endorsement of all participants at the twelfth Annual Meeting of the Special Rapporteurs/representatives, independent experts and chairpersons of the working groups of the Special Procedures of the Commission on Human Rights:
“On the first anniversary of the request made by all Independent Experts at their eleventh Annual Meeting, we deeply regret that the Government of the United States has still not invited us to visit those persons arrested, detained or tried on grounds of alleged terrorism or other violations in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
The request for a visit was made following the negative response to the request by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in January 2002 to visit Guantanamo Bay and the United States and the lack of a response to the joint request made by the Special Rapporteurs on torture and health in January 2004 to visit Guantanamo Bay. Such requests were based on information, from reliable sources, of serious allegations of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees, arbitrary detention, violations of their right to health and their due process rights. Many of these allegations have come to light through declassified Government documents.
The purpose of the visit would be to examine objectively the allegations first-hand and ascertain whether international human rights standards that are applicable in these particular circumstances are being upheld with respect to those detained persons.
The Independent Experts have given ample time to the Government to consider their request and have made themselves available for any needed consultations. In this regard, they note with appreciation the high-level meeting organized during the sixty-first session of the Commission on Human Rights to discuss the purpose and terms of reference for the visit. Nevertheless, the lack of a definitive answer despite repeated requests suggests that the United States is not willing to cooperate with the United Nations human rights machinery on this issue. This is particularly surprising in the light of one of the recommendations made by the Government of United States in a recent position paper entitled, “Enhancing and Strengthening the Effectiveness of the Special Procedures of the Commission on Human Rights”, which says that, “States should consider [country visits] requests seriously and in the spirit of cooperation with Special Procedures, and should respond in a timely manner”.
It is our conviction that no Member State of the United Nations is above international human rights law. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, the lack of cooperation and given the responsibilities to our respective mandates, we will jointly conduct an investigation based on all credible sources regarding the situation of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In the meantime, should the Government of the United States extend a visit to Guantanamo Bay we would welcome this development and would incorporate the findings from our mission into our other investigations”.
The independent experts are:
·Leandro Despouy, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers
·Paul Hunt, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (“the right to health”)
· Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
·Leila Zerrougui, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention


Does anyone think that the United Nations is concerned about human rights? Or it may be, that they do not look on the Christian world populous as human? Or it is more likely that they are being controlled by a spirit that is anti-Christ.

Remember our brothers and sisters that suffer at the hand of this anti-Christ spirit…

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 1 Peter 4:12-16

예수 그리스도 충실하다


Jesus Christ is faithful!



  1. I don’t believe the United Nations has a great concern about Christian rights or sadly even the persecution Christians are facing for professing their faith. There would be stronger measures and sanctions placed against countries that allow these evil persecutions if the UN had any concern. There is a very real anti-Christ spirit in this group.

    Believers who ae presently living in freedom need to pray daily for those right now who are being tortured and killed for Christ. The UN and the secular world can forget them. WE MUST NOT!


  2. Yes Marianne, the Christian has but one foundation to which they can trust that is the word of God and the God of that word. The world only knows the spirit of its own and the fact that a government or even the United Nations does not stand for the atrocities committed against the Lord’s people is a testimony that it knows nothing more than the spirit of the god of this world.

    I truly believe we are seeing that spirit rise to domination in America so as it starts to rear its ugly head, you realize we are officially no longer a Christian nation. We can rest assured that when the persecution is kindled in America, we will not be able to trust in the Democrats, the Republicans or the United Nations, but we can rest in the faithfulness of our Lord.

    How right you are that we should pray for our brothers and sisters that are in the midst of this persecution, for these same brothers and sisters will pray for us when we find ourselves immersed in the same. WE MUST NOT forget them… amen

    Peace my sister.

  3. After seeing it in your response, the reality of this sad truth has really hit me! You said,
    “you realize we are officially no longer a Christian nation”. I want to cry because people are so deceived in this country. What will it take to wake us up?

    I pray that God has mercy on us!

    Thank you, Brother, for the hard-hitting truth.

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