North Korea should be punished for torture and killings of Christians, human rights groups say

North Korea should be held responsible for the killings, torture, slave labor and other crimes that the reclusive regime has committed against Christians and its other prisoners, according to a global alliance of human rights groups.

(REUTERS / Edgar Su)The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide is supporting the latest efforts pushing for North Korea's accountability for crimes against human rights, through the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea. Meanwhile, the Group of Independent Experts on Accountability is calling for measures to expose the extent of the regime's abuses and is pushing for an "ad hoc international tribunal" to be formed, The Christian Post details.

Speaking to the Post in a phone interview on March 9, CSW East Asia Team Leader Benedict Rogers labeled North Korea as the world's most oppressive regime.

"Essentially, North Korea is the most oppressive regime in the world; it is certainly the most closed, isolated country in the world. It's a regime that stands accused by the U.N.'s own Commission of Inquiry of crimes against humanity," Rogers told the Post in the interview.

"Those crimes against humanity include the incarceration of 100,000 to 200,000 prisoners, who are jailed because of political crimes, and are subjected to the worst forms of torture, slave labor, denial of medical care, sexual violence, and in some instances execution," Rogers added.

Based on Open Doors USA's World Watch List of the worst Christian persecutors, North Korea has been on the top spot for 17 consecutive years now. Hea-Woo, a North Korean Christian refugee, said religious persecution in the country has reached an unprecedented level, Asia Media International reports.

Even though North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reluctant in cooperating with the investigation on human rights abuses, Rogers said there are ways to hold his administration accountable for these acts. Aside from the UN Commission on Inquiry, he said the "communications blockade" in the country should be broken.

Rogers suggest that Kim's power is being solidified by the "control of information" into North Korea. He said radio broadcasts, flash drives, DVDs, and other material are being smuggled into the reclusive state to provide citizens sources of information from other countries that might help counter the propaganda that the regime is feeding into their minds. While he admitted that there is no instant solution to the problem, he is hoping that these efforts will help create change in the country.