In completing my chapter on ‘Religion and Revolution in Korea’, I found a great site for downloading recent statements on a range of issues. Volume 9 concerns human rights, which articulates some of the main points from the constitution. Of interest for my current purposes is the following (pp. 54-55):
68. Provision of the Freedom of Thought and Religion
In the DPRK everybody is fully provided with the right to choose and follow their thought and religion according to their own free will.
Through their everyday life and experience and through historical process, the Korean people have realized that the Juche idea is an idea that thoroughly defends and realizes their independence and truly guarantees human rights, and that when they advance along the road indicated by the idea genuine happiness and prosperity will be achieved.
And they have acquired this idea as an element of their faith and will on their own accord.
They follow the Juche idea and think and act as required by it.
In the DPRK the church and the state are clearly separated, and everybody is fully provided with the freedom of religion.
In accordance with the Constitution, people are free to choose and follow any religion, and can officially or personally, privately or jointly hold religious service, ritual and ceremony. They can also build religious structures or conduct religious education.
At present there exist in the DPRK the Korean Christians Federation, Korean Buddhists Federation, the Korean Catholics Association, the Chondoist Association of Korea and Korean Council of Religionists.
Foreigners resident in the DPRK and expatriates are also given complete freedom of religion.