House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd May 2012.

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Photo of The Bishop of Bath and Wells The Bishop of Bath and Wells Bishop

To ask her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the extent of any state-incited or state-orchestrated religious persecution and discrimination against Christians in Sudan.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We have no evidence that there is a state orchestrated campaign against Christians. However, recent rhetoric by government leaders on the north-south conflict has led to tension between communities and fear of attacks against South Sudanese in Sudan, many of whom are Christians.

We were very concerned by a recent attack on a church in Khartoum, although there was no evidence of state involvement. We welcome the announcement from the Ministry of Religious Guidance and Endowments of an investigation into the incident and urge them to ensure this enquiry is thorough, independent and timely. We continue to remind the Government of Sudan of their obligation to protect all of their civilians, including those in religious groups. Our Embassy in Khartoum holds regular meetings with representatives of faith-based groups and has funded civil society groups promoting human rights and diversity in Sudan.

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