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North Korea: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 129124, tabled on 24 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Korea Future's 2021 report, Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea, Volume 2, what steps he is taking to help prevent the persecution of (a) Christians and (b) followers of other faiths in North Korea.

Answered on

1 March 2022

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights violations directly with the North Korean authorities and at the UN, and recently discussed the human rights situation in the DPRK during a closed session of the UN Security Council on 15 December 2021.

The UK co-sponsored (alongside 59 other countries) the resolution on DPRK human rights adopted at the UN General Assembly on 16 December 2021. The resolution sends an unequivocal message to the DPRK Government and reiterates long-held demands of the international community for the DPRK regime to take concrete action to end the systemic and widespread human rights violations in the country, and to uphold the right to freedom of religion or belief. We will work with partners at the Human Rights Council in March 2022 to secure a strong and clear resolution on DPRK human rights.

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