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Sudan: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 110684, tabled on 31 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Sudan on the decree requiring Christian schools in Khartoum to remain open on a Sunday.

Answered on

7 November 2017

Sudan is a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and we continue to be concerned by reports of restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. We used the fourth session of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue on 16 October to raise our concerns, in particular with regard to the demolition of churches and restrictions on Christian schools closing on Sundays, with the Sudan's Special Rapporteur of the Advisory Council for Human Rights.

Our Embassy in Khartoum continues regularly to raise with the Government of Sudan our concerns, including on specific cases, about human rights and restrictions on freedom of religion or belief as part of our ongoing dialogue.