Persecution of Christians in North Korea “is worse than ever”, amid fresh reports of torture and executions, Christian investigators said Friday, February 2.Netherlands-based Open Doors, an influential human rights group supporting Christians persecuted for their faith, said North Korea is once again number one of its 2006 World Watch List of over 50 nations with the “worst” religious freedom violations.

With 85 points it was even more serous than last year when Open Doors gave the Communist nation 82 points. “It means that the situation is worse than ever,” said Open Doors Spokesman Jeno Sebok told BosNewsLife.

“In 2006 an increasing number of Christians were detained and many Christian refugees who were repatriated from China were tortured and even killed.”

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