Sudan claims to be changing their ways in regard to human rights, but recent actions have proven otherwise. The Chairman of the Sudan’s Evangelical Community Council, Rafat Samir, who was appointed chair of the Council in 2012, has been accused by his predecessor of trespassing, criminal possession and illegally impersonating the chair of the Council. His predecessor was removed from the position in 2012 for fraud, but the government reinstated him, even though it had no authority to do so. Since the government has backed him, however, he has been able to sell of church property and cause major problems for the church. Due to one of his actions, more than 10 members of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church were arrested for trying to stop government agents from seizing their property.
07/20/2017 Sudan (WWRN) – Rafat Samir, who was appointed chair of the Council in 2012, is accused by his predecessor of trespassing, criminal possession and illegally impersonating the chair of the Council, a role his predecessor, Hamad Muhammad Salah, claims still belongs to him.
Salah was dismissed from the role in 2012 for fraud, but the government reinstated him, even though it had no legal authority to do so, Middle East Concern reports.
Since his reinstatement, Salah has sold off church property to businessmen with links to the government, even though last year an administrative court in Sudan ruled that Samir, not Salah, is the legal chair of the Council.
Several members of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) denomination, which comes under the Council, have been detained or assaulted after peacefully protesting at the selling off or demolition of their buildings.
One SPEC church, the Bahri Evangelical Church, has been in a long dispute over the selling off of land on which a church school stands.
On 3 April, two church members were stabbed when they attended a peaceful three-day protest against the government’s attempted appropriation of the school. One of the injured men, Younan Abdullah, an elder of Bahri Evangelical Church, later died of his injuries. The second church member, Ayoub Kumama, survived.