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Policy Update: Religious Freedom and Related Human Rights in North Korea

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In North Korea, the regime’s approach toward religion and belief is among the most repressive in the world. Put simply, freedom of religion or belief does not exist in North Korea. Although the North Korean constitution protects its people’s freedom of religion in principle, in practice the regime exerts absolute influence over a handful of statecontrolled houses of worship permitted to exist. This creates a facade of religious life maintained chiefly for propaganda purposes.