Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned American Christian sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, has been moved from a hospital to a labor camp amid "grave concerns" about his health, according to the U.S. State Department.
"The Department of State has learned that the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] transferred Mr. Bae from a hospital to a labor camp, a development with which we are deeply concerned," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday.
She said Swedish diplomats met with Bae on Friday in a labor camp, weeks after the Christian was moved there on Jan. 20. Bae was sent to the hospital on Aug. 5 last year. more >>
The sons of Martin Luther King Jr., acting as representatives of his estate, are suing their sister so that she will hand over the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, which she says her brothers want to sell.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, said during a press conference Thursday that her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, want to sell the Bible and medal despite her belief that her father would not have wanted them to do so, according to video posted to the USA Today website.
"I take this strong position for my father, because daddy is not here to say himself, 'My Bible and my medals are never to be sold,'" she said. more >>
Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas.
At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs," said Obama. more >>
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of people from across the United States and an estimated 130 nations came to the Nation's Capital for a prayer service.
The 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast, organized by members of Congress from different political backgrounds, was held Thursday morning at the Washington Hilton near Dupont Circle.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and members of both the House and Senate were in attendance, along with leaders and public figures from abroad. more >>
Protestant Churches in the United States and abroad have called for a "Day of Prayer for South Sudan" in response to the recent news of a ceasefire in the violence-ridden nascent nation.
Presbyterian Church (USA), The Episcopal Church, and the Reformed Church in America have issued calls to their members to pray for South Sudan on Sunday, February 16.
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC (USA) General Assembly, said in a recently released statement that the Republic of South Sudan needs their prayers and support during this time. more >>
The North Korean ambassador to the U.K. said in an interview that imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae should serve the full 15 years of his prison sentence, and argued that North Korea has no labor camps but "education places" instead.
Ambassador Hyun Hak-bong sat down on Thursday for a rare English-language interview with Sky News, and was asked a series of questions about the North's relationship with South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and the western world. When asked about the fate of Bae, who was arrested in 2012 while leading a tour from China to North Korea and accused of making plots against the government, Hyun said that he was not sure if the U.S. citizen will be pardoned or not, but said that he should serve the full 15 years of his sentence.
"He's now receiving fair treatment, though he spent 15 months in Pyongyang, when sick he has received medical treatment. He will be released when he finishes his sentence," the diplomat said. more >>