U.K. Government Writes to Sudan Regarding Arrest of 13 Christians

11/08/2018 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – In October, 13 Christians in Darfur were arrested by security forces. It was reported that the Christians were arrested on the accusation of apostasy and arguments over the ownership of buildings being used as churches.

Tony MP Sir Henry Bellingham, wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth office asking what the Sudanese government plans to do after the arrest of the Christians in October to promote religious freedoms.

In his letter, he noted that “the British Government is aware of reports of the detention of 13 Christians in Darfur last month, and welcomes their recent release.” He continued saying, “we continue to make clear to the Government of Sudan our expectation that all detainees are treated in accordance with international standards.”

Bellingham continued stating that “Sudan remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and we discussed freedom of religion or belief at the sixth round of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue on 7 November. I visited Sudan in September, and the Minister for the Commonwealth and UN visited in October. We both raised religious freedom issues with senior members of the government and with Christian and Muslim religious leaders.”

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