Sunday, January 30, 2011

North Korea deemed 'most dangerous for Christians'

For the third year running, North Korea was ranked the world's worst persecutor of Christians, according to a report that was examined by the Council of Europe.

Hundreds of Christians were arrested in North Korea in 2010, with some killed and others sent to concentration camps, according to the report by Protestant evangelical group Open Doors International (ODI).

Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia ranked just below Pyongyang in the 50-nation ranking of violence perpetrated against Christian communities, according to Open Door's latest World Watch list.

The report was examined on the sidelines of a parliamentary debate at the 47-member Council of Europe on violence perpetrated against Christians in Near and Middle Eastern nations.


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