Juba, 07 March, 2022 / 8:58 pm (ACI Africa).
UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has condemned the closing down of a building owned by the Catholic Church in Sudan where worshippers from different religions in the Northeastern African country meet for social activities and prayers.
In a March 4 report, the leadership of the human rights foundation also condemned the arrest of two church leaders who were detained for presiding over prayers at the building that had been shut down by Sudanese authorities.
CSW’s Founder President Mervyn Thomas warned that the closing down of the Catholic-owned building and the subsequent arrest and questioning of the two members of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) would escalate if not addressed.
“CSW is very concerned by the attempts to prevent local Christians from accessing a place of worship... We call on the authorities to address the situation before it escalates further,” Mr. Mervyn said.
He added, “We also note with concern the detention and interrogation of the church leaders by the police. Intentionally or not, the actions of the police appear to substantiate the claims of extremists that legal action can be taken against those who do not comply with their orders.”