Jailed Canadian describes days digging holes in N. Korean prison

A Canadian pastor who is serving a life sentence in a North Korean prison, says he spends eight hours a day, six days a week digging holes in a prison orchard.

See Full Article

Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., was sentenced last December, for what the North Korean Supreme Court called crimes against the state. These included trying to use religion to destroy the state, disseminating negative propaganda about North Korea to Koreans overseas, and harming the dignity of the supreme leadership.

Lim described his current living conditions in an interview with CNN. In the interview, he was forced to answer only in Korean, even though he speaks English.

He said he is constantly being watched by two guards, and has no contact with his family or parishioners back home.

Lim, who is in his 60s, said he's getting used to the hard labour, and says he gets regular medical care and three meals a day.

His family said he travelled to North Korea in January, 2015, as part of a humanitarian mission. They said he has travelled to the state more than 100 times since 1997, and that his trips are not political in nature.

North Korea has strict rules against any religious or missionary activity.

Lim said in the interview that he has asked for a Bible, and continues to pray every day for the people of North Korea, and for the reunification of North and South Korea.

With files from The Canadian Press



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump heads to U.N. with long list of deals he's yet to close

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians -- not to mention a number of trade pacts. Source
  • U.S. man dies during underwater proposal, girlfriend says

    World News CTV News
    A couple from Louisiana had their romantic trip to a Tanzania resort end in tragedy after the man died while to proposing to the woman while underwater, according to local reports. Kenesha Antoine posted a memorial to her partner Steven Weber that included photos and videos of the proposal on Facebook. Source
  • Teen activist Greta Thunberg delivers message ahead of UN youth climate summit

    World News CBC News
    The first UN youth climate summit kicks off in New York City on Saturday with a panel of speakers that includes 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. She was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, wrapping up a six-day visit to Washington, appearing with other young activists before the House foreign affairs subcommittee on climate change. Source
  • Greta Thunberg, other activists, deliver messages at UN youth climate summit

    World News CBC News
    The first UN youth climate summit kicks off in New York City on Saturday with a panel of speakers that includes 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. She was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, wrapping up a six-day visit to Washington, appearing with other young activists before the House foreign affairs subcommittee on climate change. Source
  • U.K.'s Labour Party in turmoil as vote to oust deputy ditched

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- A vote to oust the deputy leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party was ditched Saturday after a big backlash to the proposal prompted Jeremy Corbyn, the party's leader, to intervene. The surprise attempt to abolish the role of deputy leader by one of Corbyn's close allies caused uproar among many Labour members and has overshadowed the start of the party's annual conference in the southern England city of Brighton. Source
  • Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

    World News CTV News
    CAIRO -- Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt Friday night calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands. Source
  • Police use tear gas in Paris amid an array of protests

    World News CTV News
    Paris police used tear gas Saturday to disperse anti-government demonstrators who try to revive the yellow vest movement in protest at perceived economic injustice and French President Emmanuel Macron's government. The French capital was placed under high security as few hundred anti-government protesters started marching in the Paris streets Source
  • Paris police use tear gas for 2nd time on day of protests

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- A protest march on climate change brought thousands of people to the streets of Paris, including some agitators who scuffled with police and drew tear gas in response Saturday. Peaceful participants marched in the south of Paris to demand urgent action from the government and corporations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save the burning Amazon rainforest and stop the Arctic from melting. Source
  • Iraq detains suspect in deadly bombing that killed 12

    World News CTV News
    BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security forces boosted their presence and measures around the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing hit a minibus packed with passengers outside the city. Iraq's prime minister said security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating the bomb. Source
  • Hong Kong protesters burn flag, police fire pepper spray

    World News CTV News
    HONG KONG -- Protesters in Hong Kong burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray Saturday in renewed clashes over grievances by the anti-government demonstrators. Police accused some protesters of throwing gasoline bombs after a march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, an outlying district in the northwest of the Chinese territory. Source