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02/28/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – The Sudan Council of Churches started a two-day workshop on religious freedom on Wednesday, Feb 27, as reported by the Sudan Tribune. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the religious freedom situation in Sudan, including looking at six papers written to change the situation for Christians in Sudan. The workshop is to be run in coordination with the Higher Council for Guidance of Endowments and the Sudan Religious Coexistence Council.

The workshop is trying to produce recommendations that would strengthen social coherence and promote rights of minority groups and faiths. This is because Sudanese Christians suffer under harsh restrictions on freedom of worship, harassment of pastors, and confiscation of church buildings and property. Accusations also continue, blaming the government of demolishing of churches and refusing to allow Christians to build new Churches when they submit applications.

Much of this stems from when South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. After the secession became official, President Omar al-Bashir stated that he wanted the Sudanese constitution to become fully Islamic. He believed that with the secession, all Christians should move to South Sudan, and Sudan should only allow Islam. This workshop is taking place during a period when protests are sweeping the country, calling for an end to the President’s 30 year reign.

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