The North Korean Religious Freedom Database documents and preserves evidence of religious freedom violations and the identities of individual victims, perpetrators, and state organisations across North Korea. The database is freely accessible in both Korean and English languages and makes available large volumes of data to assist organisations monitoring and documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea.

Most common criminal charges

  • 149
    Religious practice
  • 110
    Religious activities in China
  • 78
    Possessing religious items
  • 77
    Contact with religious persons
  • 72
    Attending a place of worship
  • 22
    Sharing religious beliefs
  • 15
    Unidentified religious activities
  • 12
    Arrest based on informant
  • 9
*Individual victims can experience more than one criminal charge. Take care not to over-count.

Victims charged for their religious practice

Reported number of documented victims charged for religious practice by year

Locations of documented violations

Most recent updates

Samjiyon County Labour training camp
Military Security Command