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Sudan: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1449, tabled on 14 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations to the Sudanese authorities about dropping the charges against the 10 female Christian students charged last month with "indecent dress"; and whether they plan to press the Sudanese authorities to repeal Article 152 of the Criminal Act 1991.

Answered on

24 July 2015

Officials at our Embassy are following closely the case of 10 women charged with “indecent dress” and are in contact with their legal team. The British Government regularly raises concern with the Government of Sudan over Article 152 of the Criminal Act 1991, often referred to as Sudan’s “public order law”, and its discriminatory application as part of our ongoing Human Rights dialogue. In addition, the issue was highlighted in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s in-year human rights update published on 15 July. We have also called for the Government of Sudan to bring all legislation in line with its commitments to their citizens in the Interim Constitution of 2005.