11/06/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – As Sudan continues to make strides towards democracy, Religious Freedom must remain at the forefront of the movement. Without the basic rights of Freedom of Religion, Press and Speech, the country will only return to its former military rule. With this, the new Religious Affairs Minister has promised that the government will return all confiscated Christian properties.
Minister Nasr al-Din Mufreh was interviewed by Arabic newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat. In the article, he is quoted as saying that Christians in Sudan faced persecution and were treated with “very bad practices” by the former Bashir regime. He went on to say that “They [Christians] are Sudanese, and their religion is heavenly with its values and beliefs.” This is a far cry from the former government who spent nearly a decade trying to enforce Sharia Law, destroying churches and harassing Christians.
Though the minister has made the statement, however he has not guaranteed a time for the return of the Churches. He said that the properties would be returned to the Christians through the courts as well. The courts in Sudan have not been fair or unbiased toward Christians for many years, so this could just be the minister’s way of trying to gain support without actually doing anything. Currently, there are 8 pastors on trial for trespassing on Church property which they owned, but the government said they did not. If the minister wants to prove his stance, he must step in and ensure that these men are absolved of all charges.
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