North Korean Christians caught practicing their faith are likely to be imprisoned and subjected to extreme acts of cruelty, says a new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide
. "Christians are severely persecuted, labeled 'hostile' and subjected to eradication from society by placing them in isolated political prison camps," said the report
released Sept. 22, which is based on the testimonies provided by thousands of North Koreans. "Christians usually practice their faith in secret. If discovered they are subject to detention and then likely taken to prison camps [kwanliso
]; crimes against them in these camps include extra-judicial killing, extermination, enslavement/forced labor, forcible transfer of population, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape and sexual violence, and other humane acts," said the report. "Documented incidents include Christians being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges and trampled under-foot," it added. The report additionally investigates the detention of North Korean refugees in China and the Chinese regime's policy of repatriating them back to North Korea.