WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today called on President Donald J. Trump to raise the issue of religious freedom violations in North Korea during his upcoming second summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam.
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.
USCIRF welcomed the State Department’s naming of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) for severe religious freedom violations. This group comprises nations that violate religious freedom in a “systematic, ongoing, egregious” manner and includes Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.