MembersSudan: A government Without Christians and Christians Without Churches

Washington removed Sudan from its watchlist of violators of religious freedom, but has anything really changed?

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Sudan
Sudanese refugees protest against the Bashir regime in 2019. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Sudan, one of the Muslim nations to recently make peace with Israel, has a new government. But unfortunately, it still hasn’t let any Christians into its halls of power, echoing the discrimination of the previous regime.

One of Sudan’s “rewards” for signing on to the Abraham Accords was that the United States agreed to remove the Muslim nation from its watchlist of violators of religious freedom. But has anything really changed, besides Khartoum’s public rhetoric toward the Jewish state?

Human rights reports show that religious freedom in Sudan has improved slightly over previous years. Churches are no longer being demolished by authorities, and the government did away with its apostasy law. But conservative Islam still defines local society, and Christians still face difficulties in obtaining licenses to build churches. The reason, according to reports, is that the Sudanese government remains wary of upsetting the country’s Islamists.

In 2019, Sudan was ranked the sixth worst country to live in for Christians. In 2021, it has slipped to a more respectable 13th place.

Christians constitute about 4.5 percent of Sudan’s...

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