Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Worldwide Christian Efforts to Release a Christian Facing Death in North Korea

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Worldwide Christian Efforts to Release a Christian Facing Death

From the grassroots level to some of the highest levels of the U.S. government, efforts continue to secure the release of a North Korean Christian facing death for his faith. Son Jong Nam awaits public execution in North Korea because of his faith in Christ. Authorities arrested Son in early 2006, after he visited China and returned to North Korea. He was accused of meeting with what authorities described as "questionable people."
VOM has been joined in the initiative by presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a noted supporter of human rights for North Korean refugees, and U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a longtime supporter for human rights, and other congressional leaders.

Sen. Brownback has written U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the issue, while Lantos has written a letter in support of Brother Son.

“All religions have been harshly repressed in North Korea,” said Todd Nettleton, VOM’s Director of Media Development “Thousands of Christians have been murdered since the Korean War. Those who practice their faith must do so in deep secrecy and face constant danger.”

However, the VOM spokesman is hopeful the involvement of Brownback and Lantos has brought the case into the spotlight. "It could totally change the outcome for Son Jong Nam," Nettleton remarks. "It's very rare to have this kind of information out of North Korea, to have a name and a face of someone—while they're still alive—who has been sentenced to be executed."

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