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ICC Note: Despite claims by the government in Khartoum, Sudan still has ties to terrorism in Africa and worldwide, according to the Enough Project. In a report they released in February, they claim that Sudan continues to hold relationships with violent organizations in their own country, as well as attempts to destabilize other countries in Africa.

05/18/2018 Sudan (World Watch Monitor) – Rights groups have urged the United States to refrain from removing Sudan from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

“New circumstances have emerged in Sudan that make US efforts at full normalisation dramatically ill-timed,” said the Washington DC-based Enough Project in a recent report.

The NGO, which focuses on Africa’s conflict zones, said that while domestically Khartoum maintains “warm relationships” with “groups that advocate violence and have destructive, intolerant, extremist religious ideologies”, internationally it has facilitated further destabilisation of other countries in the Sahel area, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East through movement of arms and sales of military services.

The report, published in February, also criticised the Sudanese government’s treatment of Christians. As World Watch Monitor has reported, church leaders have been detained, church buildings demolished, and other church property sold to investors.

According to Steven Harris, Policy Director of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, if there has been any progress, it “occurred within a broader trend of human rights violations, toleration of extremists, and religious intolerance – an intolerance that was on full display even as the United States was reviewing the country’s behaviour in view of sanctions reconsideration”.

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