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Bishops: Restriction of Saturday classes compromises Christian schools in Sudan

January 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Christian church in Sudan (File photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
Christian church in Sudan (File photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Bishops of churches have complained that the Sudanese Ministry of Education does not appoint teachers for Christian education and that Christian holidays are not included in the official calendar of religious observances.

On Tuesday, the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Nick Pines, said at a Religious Freedoms Workshop organised by the Committee on Freedom of Religion, that there are major problems facing Christians. He pointed to the Khartoum state legislation, no leave on Sundays, the demolition of churches, land seizures, and the registration of children in other religious communities.

Education Ministry representative El Tayeb Hasan recenty announced the cancellation of Saturday classes in all schools in the state for an indefinite period of time. This measure affects the Christian schools in Khartoum who are traditionally opened on Saturday and are closed on Sunday.

US Chargé d’affaires in Sudan, Stephen Coates, called for greater representation of religious minorities in the government and equal distribution of resources for all religious groups to building permits for houses of worship.

He stressed that the subject of religious freedom, human rights, and the delivery of humanitarian aid is one of the main axes of the second phase of the US-Sudan dialogue.

He called on the government to create a secure environment for expression and dialogue with the opposition and civil society for a more inclusive political process.

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