The Republic of Sudan has existed in its present form since July 2011, following the independence of South Sudan.  Since then, the situation for religious minorities in Sudan has become critical. Over 97% of those living in Sudan are Muslim. Not only are Christians in Sudan obstructed from practising their faith, they are often actively persecuted for doing so. Both blasphemy and apostasy (leaving a religion: in this case, Islam) are illegal, with the latter carrying the ultimate penalty. Christians are prohibited from holding open air meetings, and violence against those identifying themselves as Christian is common.

The problems experienced by religious minorities predate South Sudan’s secession in 2011. Successive governments have been hostile to religious and ethnic minorities, particularly since the shari’a declaration of 1983. Decades of discrimination and violence played a decisive role in causing the South (which contains large Christian, animist and non-Arab communities) to separate from the predominantly Muslim and Arabised North. President al-Bashir repeatedly stated that following southern independence, Sudan would become an Islamic state with a new shari’a-based constitution, which is in the process of being drafted in an opaque and non-inclusive manner. Since the 2011 secession, religious minorities have experienced even greater hardship, hostility, and isolation, and diverse forms of governmental and societal repression.

Latest news

Sudan: Lawyers appeal court order to close Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church 19/02/2015
Sudanese Authorities detain two clergymen and harass church official 18/02/2015
Sudanese Christians call off protest amidst reports of church property seizure 22/12/2014
Sudan: Lawyers appeal eviction notice issued to tenants of Anglican Church building 10/12/2014
Sudan: UN independent expert on Sudan calls for inquiry into September protests and review of apostasy law 26/09/2014

Response magazine

CSW calls for urgent prayer 01/09/2011
Troubling times: How traditional forms of slavery continue to plague Sudan 01/03/2007
Fragile peace for southern Sudan 01/02/2006

Prayer diary

Prayer Diary: Sudan 06/07/2014
Pray for Sudan 08/12/2013
The right to peacefully enthuse others about your beliefs 13/10/2013
Pray for Sudan 23/10/2011

Press releases

Sudan: Lawyers Appeal Court Order to Close Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church 19/02/2015
Sudanese Authorities Detain Two Clergymen and Harrass Church Official 18/02/2015
Sudanese Christians call off protest amidst reports of church seizure 22/12/2014
Sudan: Lawyers Appeal Eviction Notice Issued to Tenants of Anglican Church Building 10/12/2014
Sudanese Authorities Demolish Church and Arrest 37 Christians 04/12/2014


Sudan: Rising restrictions on freedom of religion or belief 16/05/2014
Sudan: Freedom of religion or belief 16/05/2014
CSW briefing on Sudan 01/12/2005
Seisure of the guesthouse of the Episcopal Church of Sudan 01/05/2005
CSW briefing on Sudan 01/10/2004

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a human rights organisation which specialises in religious freedom, works on behalf of those persecuted for their Christian beliefs and promotes religious liberty for all.

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