US to lift Sudan sanctions despite human rights concerns

Teenage girls carry water in a refugee camp for people from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)
The US has announced it will lift economic sanctions on Sudan “in recognition of [its] positive actions” in fighting terrorism, expanding humanitarian access and reinforcing a cease-fire in conflict areas, but rights groups say the decision is premature as there has been little progress on human rights. The decision, which . . . Read More

Sudanese pastors pressured to ‘inform’ or stand trial

Sudanese pastors pressured to ‘inform’ or stand trial
Forty-eight-year-old father of three Rev. Yamane Abraha received an ultimatum in Khartoum following a trip to Ethiopia in the autumn of 2015. “[Sudanese government] security threatened me, saying I would have to appear in court either as a witness, or an accused,” the Evangelical Baptist Church of Khartoum pastor told . . . Read More

Coptic monk kidnapped in Darfur released

An Egyptian-born monk has been released, 40 days after he was abducted in Sudan’s embattled Darfur region, reports Fides. Rev. Ghabrial al-Antony, a Coptic Orthodox monk working in Nyala, South Darfur, was kidnapped on 14 April by an armed group, not far from the refugee camp in Atash. According to . . . Read More

Coptic monk kidnapped from Sudan farm

The Cairo-based news organization Watani International that an Egyptian-born Coptic monk serving in Sudan has been kidnapped. Rev. Ghabrial al-Antony was working on his brother’s farm in Sudan’s Darfur region, Watani quoted Rev. Boulos Fouad of the Coptic Church in Khartoum as saying. Fouad said three men tied up the . . . Read More

Sudan government’s official links with janjaweed

Janjaweed, militias who have terrorised Darfur for years, have been made an official force by the Sudan government, according to a report by the Enough Project, a U.S based genocide-prevention group. “The Sudanese government has abandoned the fig leaf that the janjaweed don’t operate under their command and control,” said the Enough . . . Read More

Bible school, church buildings attacked in Sudan

Bible school, church buildings attacked in Sudan
Christians faced increased hostilities in Sudan over the past few weeks, culminating in an attack on a Christian compound in Khartoum by a throng of Muslim extremists armed with clubs, iron rods, a bulldozer and fire. Breaking down the compound wall with a bulldozer, the assailants on Saturday (April 21) . . . Read More

Sudan threatens to arrest church leaders

Sudan threatens to arrest church leaders
Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments has threatened to arrest church leaders if they carry out evangelistic activities and do not comply with an order for churches to provide their names and contact information, Christian sources said. The warning in a Jan. 3 letter to church leaders of the . . . Read More