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.”