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    » 08/12/2013, 00.00

    KOREA

    Health of Christian missionary held in Pyongyang labour camp deteriorates



    The family of Kenneth Bae, also known as Pae Jun-ho, report he has been hospitalized near the capital. Sentenced to 15 years hard labor he is no longer able to work: "He's 45 years old, has diabetes and a heart malformation. We are very worried. "

    Seoul (AsiaNews) - Christian missionary Kenneth Bae sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the government of North Korea on charges of "crimes against the state" has reportedly been hospialized near Pyongyang in "standard" care conditions. Bae, also known as Pae Jun-ho, is in the North Korean prison since November 2012 but was only brought to trial on May 2.

    According to his sister Terri Chung, who spoke with an American website, the detainee "is too weak to work. He is 45 years, has diabetes and a heart malformation. We are very worried about his health, its getting worse by the day" . For about a month, American diplomacy has been doing everything possible to secure the release of its citizen: Some sources speak of a possible trip of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter to North Korea to negotiate his release.

    Kenneth Bae is known to be a "devout Christian." According to the charges brought by Pyongyang, he used his work - a tour operators across the 38th parallel - to "foment and train target groups to overthrow the legitimate government of Korea." Several sources claim that Bae simply brought humanitarian aid to certain groups of North Koreans near the border. In North Korea, there is no religious freedom and the faithful are in last place in the hierarchy of society.

     

     

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    05/03/2014 KOREA
    Pyongyang arrests "accomplices" of South Korean missionary: they risk being shot
    The Stalinist regime interns "tens of people" in a labor camp for political prisoners, guilty of having helped Kim Jeong- wook, a Christian missionary accused of “spying”, who illegally entered the country. Exiles from the North: "They will be shot. Or, if things go well, they will end locked up in the state camps”

    02/05/2013 NORTH KOREA - USA
    Pyongyang sentences American Christian to 15 years hard labor
    Kenneth Bae is defined by some sources as a "devout Christian" who, in his visits to the North as a tour operator, always sought to keep the evangelization of the people alive. The United States had requested his release: Now, according to some analysts, a deal could open up in exchange for humanitarian aid.

    24/05/2011 NORTH KOREA
    Still some Christians “alive and respected” under Kim regime
    South Korean Protestant Pastor: "In North Korea there are still about 40 thousand Christians: some tortured and committed to labour camps, but who set an example for everyone." The Catholic Church does not confirm these figures but praises the attitude of those who managed to escape, "missionary of hope for us all."

    25/08/2010 NORTH KOREA - USA
    Jimmy Carter in Pyongyang to seek release of US prisoner
    Mahle Aijalon Gomes is accused of having entered the country illegally and was sentenced to a fine of 700 thousand dollars and 8 years in a labour camp. Last month he attempted suicide. North Korea had invited Carter also to reduce tensions with the South and the U.S..

    04/01/2008 NORTH KOREA
    "Labour hero” executed for setting up private farm
    Reported by the South Korean humanitarian group, Good Friends: the man was in charge of a private farm co-op, but he had tried to exploit land for personal use. Accused of “betrayal”, he was shot along with two colleagues and now their families are interned in a labour camp.



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