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Shortly after a press release regarding Sudan’s planned destruction of 25 churches, members of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services called on two pastors to report to their office. They were told they could not discuss the planned destruction of the churches unless they authorized it. Sudan claims the churches were built illegally, but the pastors insist that they have the documents to prove the church was built legally. The pastors were told they also could not mention two pastors which are being held in prison on charges of espionage. Sudan intelligence officers have also taken to ordering pastors to report to their office every day for the entire day, perhaps to limit their opportunities for publicizing information about the case.

3/13/2017 Sudan (Radio Tamazuj) – The Head of Sudan’s Council of Churches and another church leader were summoned by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) shortly after holding a press conference in Khartoum where they called on the government to reconsider its decision to demolish church buildings.

Following the press conference on 11 February, the Sudanese security agents ordered Rev. Mubarak Hamad, the Chairman of Sudan Council of Churches to report to their office daily from 8:00 am to 9 pm.

That requirement was lifted on 26 Feb 2017 after they ordered him not to speak publicly about persecution of Christians and the demolition of church buildings unless authorized by the security.

The Sudanese government plans to demolish at least 25 churches, saying the churches were built on illegal lands, but church officials say they legally obtained the lands and have title deeds.

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