Persecution watchdog groups warn about the growing hostility towards the Christians saying Christians continue to be among world’s most targeted and persecuted people. In this regard, a Christian persecution watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) stated: “Ahead of Genocide Prevention Day on Dec. 9, Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in North Korea and Eritrea to be held to account.”
As the United Nations marks its International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that “Member states and the international community must honor the suffering of the victims of genocide, and of their families, by working even harder against expressions of hatred, intolerance, racism and xenophobia.”
Christian Solidarity Worldwide further notes that North Korea has long been on top of the list of the most hostile countries towards Christians. CSW outlined that the country is undoubtedly the most secretive persecutors of Christians and people from other faiths. The persecution is being carried out in various prison camps across the country where thousands of prisoners are being tortured.
Another leading Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA also reported on the brutalities including murder, torture, rape, and other atrocities Christians have had to face. Religion is considered a threat to Kim Jong Un’s regime, and therefore adherents to religious faiths are forced to undergo harshest punishments. It was further explained that Christians have been punished for reading or possessing a Bible.
“There were over 70,000 Christians that were imprisoned for their faith this year. You have executions — we don’t know how many, but we know of enough. There has been no let up in persecution in North Korea,” Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post back in January.
Christians in the Middle East, especially those in Iraq and Syria, have been facing genocide at the hands of the Islamic State and other terror groups, suffering beheading, enslavement, forced conversions into Islam, and being driven out of their ancestral communities,” Open Doors reported.
President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, had cautioned about the massacre of Christians at an interfaith meeting held in the New York. He pointed out towards the indifference exhibited towards this issue. “Today we are witnessing the world’s indifference to the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa,” Lauder stated.
“Since 1945, genocide has occurred again and again. ‘Never Again!’ has become hollow. You can’t just declare genocide and say the job is done. You have to back it up with action. Jews know what happens when the world is silent to mass slaughter. We learned it the hard way,” he added, as he referred to the genocide of Jews and other minorities during World War II.
In this regard, Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan stated: “There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages; everywhere we went across this country we heard villagers saying they are ready to shed blood to get their land back. Many told us it’s already reached a point of no return.”