Religious freedom ‘essential goal’ in normalising relations with Sudan – US commission

Religious freedom ‘essential goal’ in normalising relations with Sudan – US commission
A new report highlights the lack of religious freedom in Sudan and says improvements in this area remain “an essential goal” for the US before relations between the two countries can be fully normalised. A delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan advisory body, . . . Read More

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

The UN is about to take a very close look at Sudan’s treatment of Christians

The UN is about to take a very close look at Sudan’s treatment of Christians
What is happening? The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights is scheduled to hold a 3 1/2-hour hearing in Geneva on Wednesday, 4 May, at which UN member nations will examine the state of human rights in Sudan. It promises to be an interesting meeting. Sudan’s president, . . . 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

Two Sudan churches destroyed, one for a ‘marketplace’

Two Sudan churches destroyed, one for a ‘marketplace’
Two churches were destroyed in two separate incidents earlier this month in Sudan, local sources told World Watch Monitor. On Oct 22, authorities demolished the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan (LCS) in Omdurman, citing re-development reasons, after first giving the church only 72 hours’ notice. Word about the impending action . . . Read More