UK government accused of failing to act on North Korea's persecution of Christians

A British peer has accused the U.K. government of failing to address North Korea's ongoing human rights abuses and its persecution of Christians despite calls from the United Nations to act on the situation.

(REUTERS / Petar Kujundzic)A North Korean soldier films military vehicles carrying missiles during a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. October 10, 2010.

During the unveiling of a report on the changes in North Korea in the last 10 years on Feb. 5, Lord Alton of Liverpool said the U.K. government was liable for its failure to act on the ongoing human rights abuses in the reclusive state. He noted that the U.N. Security Council had called for action on the issue and said the U.K. ought to answer for not heeding that call, Christian Today detailed.

"There are 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's hard to think of any that are not being breached in North Korea," Lord Alton told British MPs, peers, and supporters gathered in the Houses of Parliament. "We as one of the permanent members of the security council has got something to answer for in our failure to do that."

In addition, Lord Alton pointed out that the U.K. did not bring the issue up with Chinese ministers during the Prime Minister's visit to the country. While he acknowledged that a lot had become different in North Korea over the past decade, he said the human rights situation in the hermit state has remained the same.

Despite the persecution they experienced at the hands of the government, Christians in North Korea are not bent on praying for the ouster of their leader Kim Jong-un, according to anti-persecution charity Release International. They believe that even if their present leader was removed from power, there will be others who will take his place, Premier relayed.

Release International partner Dr. Eric Foley said that in the 15 years he has been ministering to North Korean refugees, he has never come across a Christian from that country who has asked for Kim Jong-un's reign to be jeopardized. Instead, they are hoping that their leader will encounter Jesus Christ.

For believers in North Korea, a shift in their government will not bring peace to their country. They believe that peace can only be attained by welcoming Jesus into their hearts.