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ICC NOTE: Occuring simultaneously is the African Union Summit, and Sudan is chairing. This has led to alot of opposition with human rights groups and other nations such as Chad, citing the current situation in Darfur, in which the government has been accused of being complicit.

Sudan: USCIRF Delegation to Sudan January 10-21

WASHINGTON ? A delegation from the United States Commission on International

Religious Freedom (USCIRF), led by USCIRF Chair Michael Cromartie, is

visiting Sudan January 10-21. The delegation is meeting with a broad range

of individuals, including government officials, religious leaders, civil

society representatives, and international observers, in Khartoum , Southern

Sudan , and Nairobi , Kenya . The Commission’s visit was agreed to by Sudan ‘s

Government of National Unity.

Since its inception in 1998, including after the signing of the Peace

Agreement, USCIRF has determined that Sudan should be designated as a

“country of particular concern,” or CPC. The State Department has

repeatedly adopted this recommendation. In the past, the Commission has

identified Sudan as the world’s most violent abuser of the right to freedom

of religion and belief and has drawn attention to the Sudanese government’s

genocidal atrocities against civilian populations, including in Darfur . As

a result of the government’s policies of Islamization and Arabization, 2

million people, mostly non-Muslims in southern and central Sudan , died in

the now-concluded North-South civil war. With the signing of comprehensive

North-South peace accords during the past year, conditions for religious

freedom in certain parts of the country have changed.

Sudan is in the midst of a historic transition. Among the issues the

Commission will gather information on are the implementation of the human

rights guarantees in the Peace Agreement and the country’s Interim

Constitution. The Commission will be submitting recommendations for U.S.

policy toward Sudan as part of its statutory mandate.