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ICC Note: Christians in Sudan are a persecuted minority. The government makes is difficult for Christians to exercise their freedom of religion by demolishing their churches, arresting them based on false accusations that lack real evidence, and harassing the press for exposing these incidents.

05/22/2017, Nigeria (Citizen) – The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has expressed concern over detentions of civil society activists and the continued the crackdown on the press and religious minorities.

Following the end of his 10-day visit to Sudan on Sunday in an effort to continue engaging the Sudanese authorities and to discuss the implementation of his recommendations, Nononsi issued a press statement, saying: “I am aware of incidents that appear to be harassment and arrests targeting representatives of civil society organisations.

“I’d like to urge the Sudanese authorities to release Dr Mudawi Ibrahim and Hafez Idris, whom I believe have been held solely for legitimate actions to protect and promote human rights in Sudan.”

Ibrahim, university professor and Chair of the non-governmental organisation Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO), was arrested on December 7, 2016, by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the Sudan Tribune reported.

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