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The recent case of Meriam Ibrahim is not the only instance of Christian persecution in Sudan. In this article from Independent Catholic News, a Catholic bishop in Sudan warns that other Christians there are in danger. Despite Meriam Ibrahim’s release, the situation has not improved.
Sudan: More Christians in danger, warns bishop
By: Reinhard Backes and John Newton
A bishop has warned that more Sudanese Christians could suffer severe violations of human rights – like Mariam Ibrahim – stating that their legal protection in the country has been taken away. Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, in neighbouring South Sudan, described the “worrying” legal situation of Christians since his country seceded from Sudan in July 2011.
Stressing concerns for fellow clergy in particular, Bishop Hiiboro said: “In Sudan bishops and priests have been living de facto as illegals since South Sudan’s independence.”
While Sudan’s constitution guarantees equal rights regardless of a person’s religion, Christians face discrimination under the law. The bishop said: “When we confront those in charge with this, they emphasise that Christians have the same rights as their compatriots, but this changes nothing in legal terms.
“Bishops and priests are not granted passports and they do not have legal status. They are able to leave the country but re-entry may be refused. Priests have already been expelled – and the bishops are condemned to remain silent.”
The Bishop of Tombura-Yambio told ACN that, while there is freedom of worship for Sudan’s more than three million Christians, they do not have the full protection under the law.
He said: “Christians in Sudan can attend divine service unmolested, but there is no genuine freedom of religion and conscience in the country. This is illustrated by the disgraceful case of Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishaq, which, unlike any others, has been widely publicised.”
Photo: Petr Adam Dohnálek
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