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Everything resembling Cross is Banned in North Korea

Bangkok- Thailand : Everything that resembling Cross is banned by the North Korean government . All the items /products having any such label or Marking are being seized by the Government. The Custom officers are vandalizing the houses, store and markets for such products.

The Radio Free Asia aired this message that a Chinese-Korean trader are saying: “We always had to make sure there were no Korean characters on the labels of products that we brought in from China. Now we have to check again to see that there isn’t anything that looks like a cross.” He clarified that products such as women’s clothes, hairpins and hair bands and men’s neckties having symbols resembling cross are more likely to get seized.

According to the report Published by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedoms (USCIRF) “the North Korean government reserves its most severe persecution for Christians, although in practice the regime is adverse to all organized religion. Based on information collected by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, individuals face persecution for propagating religion, possessing religious items, carrying out religious activities (including praying and singing hymns), and having contact with religious persons.”

Report further point out: “Christians believed to have committed any of these acts are typically jailed, or worse. In prison, Christians reportedly endure harsher treatment than other prisoners. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Christians in North Korea are currently in prison camps facing hard labor or execution.”

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.