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In a move spearheaded by Libya, the present head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and actively supported by France, Sudan has been dropped as a "country with special problems" in the area of human rights. In a vote of 26-24 (with three abstentions), the Commission rejected Resolution L.35 on April 16 that would have extended the human rights monitoring of Sudan for another year. The Commission ruled that there has been sufficient improvement in the area of human rights by the Khartoum government to warrant this action. This comes despite a report from the UN Special Rapporteur, Gerhard Baum, on March 28 stating that there has been no significant change in Sudan's violations of human rights in the past year. According to a press release from the Commission, some of the members felt that the resolution "did not sufficiently credit the Sudanese Government for well-intentioned efforts and progress achieved in the field of human rights."

For several years the government of Sudan has been consistently involved in ethnic cleansing, wiping out entire villages to advance its hold on oilfields, attacking civilians, supporting militia groups involved in slavery and religious persecution, and preventing aid from reaching war-torn areas.

On March 26, US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, said the United States would fight any effort to ease pressure on the government of Sudan. Despite this, on April 21, in accordance with the Sudan Peace Act, President Bush certified to various Congressional Committees his belief that both sides of the conflict were negotiating in good faith and that negotiations should continue. The president acknowledged that there have been "sporadic military activities" that have hindered the peace negotiations. The State Department Fact Sheet also acknowledged that they had received reports of violent actions against civilians and forced displacement, most notably in the Western Upper Nile. The fact that the peace talks had continued, despite these violations, since the signing of the October 15, 2002 cessation of hostilities memorandum apparently motivated the president to issue his certification. This certification came only two days after peace talks in Kenya were suspended without settling key military security arrangements. Peace talks are scheduled to resume on May 2.

Pray that the truth of what is happening in Sudan will be clearly shown, despite these setbacks. Pray that there truly will begin to be improvements in the way the Sudanese government treats its citizens, particularly in the war-torn areas of southern Sudan. Pray for church leaders as they seek to minister to those who are suffering great deprivation.

Country Information

43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sudanese Arab (70), Fur, Beja, Nuba and Fallata (30)

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

President (to be determined)
Transitional leadership in place

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic law and English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sudan

Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the Gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).

Pray also that peace, justice and religious freedom may be firmly established.


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Sudan News

  • Government Advisor Beaten and Threatened
    Botrous Badawi - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
    Botrous Badawi recovering in hospital.
    Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News

    Masked gunmen attacked a government religious affairs worker on the night of July 2nd, threatening to kill him for supporting the return of church properties to Christian communities. Botrous Badawi, a Christian and advisor

  • Christian Leader Beaten for Protesting Church Burning
    Wood carver in Sudan - Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri
    Wood carver in Sudan
    Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri

    The ninth church building within the past two years was set ablaze in Sudan on January 3rd, 2021. In the weeks leading up to the recent arson attack, hate messages against the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the rural Tambul area of Al Jazirah stat

  • Three Young Christians Assaulted
    The city of Khartoum

    Three young Christians were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum on October 6th because of their faith in Christ. Levi Hakim, 17, had entered a shop when a Muslim man grabbed him and dragged him behind a mosque. There, two others joined in the attack, declaring their disdain f

  • Apostasy Laws Abolished
    Sudanese people and flags
    Photo: Voice of America

    After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has passed a series of legal reforms. Two major changes involved the abolishment of public flogging and the repeal of apostasy laws for those leaving Islam. Other regulations relate to the consumption of alcohol, female mutilati