7 April 2017
After the independence of South Sudan, the Sudan government is systematically targeting and infringing on the rights of Sudanese Christians as they became more vulnerable after the secession of South Sudan.
More than 20 churches have been burned down and destroyed by the Sudan government. Christian leaders are being arrested. Church property is being targeted for the churches to sell out their valuable properties. The last incident of the sale of the Evangelical school ended in the killing of Younan Abdallah. Any fair investigation into the matter will lead to the role of the security agencies into this incident.
We call upon Sudanese, Muslims and Christians, to raise the banner of solidarity with the Sudanese Christians and their constitutional right to practice their faith
This issue is an integral part of the nation building in Sudan and undermining such rights led to the secession of South Sudan. Moreover, the government is targeting the sizeable presence of Sudanese Christians in Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains through the racial war and denial of humanitarian assistance as they know very well that the majority of the Sudanese Christians are the inhabitants of the Two Areas, the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.
The Evangelical Church and School was founded by American Presbyterian missionaries in 1924, and therefore, we call on the evangelicals in the United States and the U.S. Administration, Congress and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to pay attention to the human rights violations of the Sudan government, especially when it comes to Christians. We call on the United States government to tie the lifting of the sanctions to the improvement of human rights and for the Sudan government to address the humanitarian situation, to end genocide and war crimes, and to stop sponsoring terrorism.
Secretary General, SPLM-N
7 April 2017