Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were condemned to 12 years of hard labor in North Korea. And they didn't even commit a crime. Find out more at this website, which also has some ways to help them. But especially, pray for their release.
This op-ed has more details about the case. As the article notes, Christians in North Korea are also suffering persecution:
“A Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly executed last month for the crime, South Korean activists said yesterday.’’
"So began a recent Associated Press dispatch from Seoul noting the death of Ri Hyon Ok, a 33-year-old mother of three. According to the Investigative Commission on Crime Against Humanity, a South Korean human-rights coalition, punishment for Ri’s “crimes’’ was meted out to her entire extended family: The day after she was executed, her husband, children, and parents were all thrown in prison." (article by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe)