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NISS Raid a Church and Arrest Four Members

28.02.13

On Saturday 23 February 2013 around 5:00 am the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) surrounded the Evangelical church, West al-Mo’tamr secondary school in Bant Sharq, Omdurman, with heavily-armoured pickup cars full of non-uniformed personnel. After many hours of search, they arrested:

  1. Barnaba  Teimothaus,  37 years
  2. Mamadan Eilya,   44 years
  3. Yousif Ali Saeed, 29 years, the secretary of the fellowship of Christian students  in Sudan
  4. Abdallaha, a member in the fellowship of Christian students  in Sudan

The whereabouts of the detainees are unknown.

SUDO UK has noticed an increased violence and unfounded harassment against churches and their members in Sudan. Members of churches belonging to the Nuba ethnicity are especially targeted and their rights and freedom have been curtailed.

SUDO UK condemns targeting of populations because of their religious affiliation and calls for ending the systematic targeting of churches and Christians by the Sudanese government. SUDO UK calls for the Sudanese government to respect its commitment on  religious freedom contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other signed and ratified international treaties. 

SUDO UK calls on the NISS to allow all those arrested immediate access to families, lawyers and a judge, and calls for them to be released if they are not to be brought to a fair trial on recognizable criminal charges. 

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