The South Korean government is receiving domestic pressure to do more to advocate for the release of two pastors who have been detained in China.
A committee formed on behalf of the two pastors detained on March 15, accused of helping North Korean defectors living in China, has called on the South Korean government to act more quickly in addressing the situation. The persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) is also calling for swift action, noting the pastors were providing humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.
"South Korea should work hard to protect their citizens in other countries," says ICC's Daniel Harris, "and I think that their reaction to this event will set somewhat of a precedent for other nations. People are watching to see how South Korea will react, and I think their delayed reaction, and perhaps weak reaction, is being observed by other nations as well."
Harris tells OneNewsNow the committee was formed to address that weakness, and he hopes it can make progress in securing the release of the pastors.
"But if nothing else, it's created some international awareness of the situation," he notes. "And a lot of times, that in itself is all you need to turn a situation like this around."
Harris asks for prayer for the safety of the pastors and their families, for wisdom, and for the unity of government leaders in South Korea.