December 19, 2011
In the wake of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the North Korean regime to end its brutal oppression of its citizens. Kim Jong Il reportedly died of a heart attack Dec. 17, although the news was only reported by state media last night. His youngest son, Kim Jong Un, has been named the "Great Successor," but it is yet unclear whether he or military officials will take charge. North Korea is the world's most closed nation with some of the worst human rights violations and Christian persecution. The country has no religious freedom, and Christians are jailed and often executed for their beliefs. "There is now a real opportunity for North Korea to change direction, end its isolation, stop the brutal oppression of its own people and open up to the world," said Mervyn Thomas, CSW's chief executive.