Monday, July 15, 2013

Persecution of half a million Sudanese in limbo of Muslim Sudan

It has been two years since Sudan split into two.  The non-islamic side is the South Sudan.  The other side has retained  its original name and has implemented full shariah laws and the half million Sudanese there who are not muslims are being harassed into either converting or giving up their homes and livelihood and making their way to South Sudan.  Christians are being persecuted and churches have been burnt down and destroyed.

The obvious question would be to ask  about Muslims in South Sudan.  Yes, they are there in their tens of thousands  and are flourishing under the Christian govt.  It's always the Christians who suffer under Muslims ....NEVER the muslims under Christian govts.

From US Commission on International Religious Freedom dated July 9:
...Washington, D.C. –Today, July 9, 2013, marks the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence from Sudan.  It is a day of celebration for millions of Southerners who fought for human rights and religious freedom in Sudan’s 20 year civil war.  However, July 9 also is a reminder that for two years an estimated 500,000 Southerners in Sudan have been stateless and living a precarious existence.  

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply concerned that the failure to resolve the status of stateless Southerners who are living in the north risks further undermining religious freedom in Sudan.  With the independence of South Sudan, senior Sudanese government officials have called for a more comprehensive and rigid application of Sharia law in Sudan, where southerners who are Christian have been subject to a range of religious freedom violations. In particular, there have been credible reports of the destruction of churches, refusal to permit construction of new churches and other forms of intimidation and harassment.  USCIRF strongly believes that that the independence of South Sudan must not be used as a justification for the denial of religious diversity and freedom in Sudan, or as a justification to delay progress on a resolution of the status of southerners in Sudan.

 “It is a potential recipe for disaster that after more than two years of discussions, half a million Southerners in Sudan remain stateless and vulnerable to severe religious freedom violations. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the U.S. government and its allies to increase their efforts to help Sudan and South Sudan resolve the status of their nationals residing in the other’s territory,” said USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. “Southerners in Sudan are at a particularly grave risk.  Furthermore, failure to finalize negotiations has left them vulnerable to expulsion.”  

Since January 2011, the two countries have engaged in a series of negotiations over the citizenship and legal status of Southern Sudanese in Sudan and Sudanese in South Sudan.  While South Sudan has offered citizenship to Sudanese residents, the Government of Sudan (GoS) has not reciprocated...............

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