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USA'S NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT: THE 2004 NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

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In 2002, the then US President George W. Bush famously labeled the North Korean regime an "Axis of Evil". In 2004, he signed the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 to fund non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that aid North Korean refugees and promote information flow into North Korea.

Then, his administration did nothing. The annual budget for the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 wasn't even allocated until 2006, and human rights in North Korea became an even lower priority when Kim Jong Il tested his first nuclear device, shrinking the US policy objective in North Korea to nuclear containment.

Extended in 2008 until 2012, this piece of legislation has done little besides granting a few dozen North Korean refugees asylum in the United States.

What about the American/Western Christians?
 
A few missions-oriented international Christian organizations lead prayers for North Korea, smuggle bibles and even release balloons imprinted with the Gospel into North Korea. Others evacuate refugees, publish reports, hold events, write columns or take more political approaches.

But the vast majority of Christians in the West either don't know or don't care about the world's most persecuted Christians. Steeped in the health and prosperity false doctrine, they ask what more God can do for them instead of how they can serve the Lord who already gave His life for them. Very little of the billions of dollars collected for Jesus in the richest nations ever reach the part of His body in greatest need; few Western Christians heed Jesus' command to visit, feed and clothe the "least" of Him:

"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)