In response to the amputation of a man’s hand and foot as a punishment for robbery, Canada has released a statement calling out Sudan for its human rights abuses. Christian persecution was specifically highlighted by Canada as a particularly disturbing violation Sudan is engaged in. Since Sudan and South Sudan spilt in 2011, President Al-Bashir has declared he will make Sudan 100 % Islamic. The policies enforces since that statement have shown that Al-Bashir is serious about his declaration. Christian institutions have been closed down by the government or been destroyed by mobs as government officials passively looked on. Christian foreigners have been deported and Sudanese Christians have been arbitrarily detained. Will the rest of the international community call Sudan out for its persecution of Christians now that Canada has led the way?
3/4/2013 Sudan (InternationalBusinessTimes) – After Sudan government amputated a man’s hand and foot as a punishment for robbery last month, Canadian federal government has condemned the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan.
Sudan February 14 amputated Adam AL Muthna’s left foot and right hand for attacking and robbing a truck carrying passengers.
“Sudan, a country with a terrible human rights record, has sunk to new depths of cruelty, having carried out amputations on a man convicted of a criminal offence,” said Join Baird, foreign minister of Canada.
“Canada considers such sentences, a barbaric expression of Sharia law, as cruel and inhumane punishments that are completely at odds with international norms,” Baird added in a press release.
Saying Sudan in recent months has forcefully shut down a number of civil-society organizations, the Canadian foreign minister called upon the Khartoum government to respect the international norms including civil and political rights.
“Sudan has recently forced the closure of several civil-society organizations, continues to detain political opposition figures, and is targeting Sudan’s Christian communities in particular,” said Baird “We call on those in power in Khartoum to respect the rights of Sudan’s people, to cease its intimidation of civil society and political opponents, and to end indiscriminate bombardments of civilians.”
The New York based Human Rights Watch vehemently called upon the authorities in Sudan to immediately end imposing those punishments.