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At least 55 Christians are being held by the Sudanese government despite no charges having been laid. The group includes church leaders and they have been falsely accused of receiving money from foreign countries, including Israel.

Arabic-language media report that a systematic persecution is under way in which schools and colleges owned and run by Christians are being closed and foreign Christians are being deported. Muslim clerics are lobbying the regime for laws to be enacted to address the problem of ‘Christianisation’.

Sudan’s pro-government media are calling for ‘missionaries’ involved in ‘Christianisation’ to be punished according Sudanese Criminal Law. Article 125 provides a penalty of up to six months in prison or a fine, or up to 40 lashes to those found guilty of offending religious sentiment. Sources: Assist News Service, Christian Solidarity Worldwide