North Korea: Violations of Religious Freedom

Dr. Murray has a conversation with Rev. Kenneth Bae and Dr. Sandra Fahy on the blatant violations of religious freedom and human rights against the citizens of North Korea.  

Rev. Kenneth Bae is a Korean-American Evangelical Christian Missionary and founder of Nehemiah Global Initiative. He was convicted by North Korea on charges of planning to overthrow the North Korean government, including setting up bases in China for the purpose of toppling the North Korean government. In April 2013, he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. He was released on November 8, 2014.

Dr. Sandra Fahy is an associate professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo. She holds a PhD from SOAS University of London. Sandra is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Human Rights Program, where she is working on a book project about state perpetrators who use audiovisual technology to deny rights violations. She is the author of two books about human rights in North Korea. The first studies the subjective experience of famine survival: Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea (New York: Columbia University Press 2015). The second scrutinizes violations committed by the DPRK, domestically and internationally, and the state’s use of video technology to spread denial of rights abuse allegations: Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Rights Abuses on the Record (New York: Columbia University Press 2019).