Sudan has stepped up its arrests and deportations of Christians, with interrogation including threats to bury them alive, sources said.
According to a story by Morning Star News, besides the deportation to South Sudan of the secretary general of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference on April 12, other Christians have been targeted in the past several weeks for arrest, interrogation and/or deportation.
On April 21, as a South Sudanese church elder was worshiping at a Sunday service in Khartoum, officials from the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) detained him for more than four hours of questioning before release, he told Morning Star News.
“They told me to reveal to them 12 names of Christians who are active in evangelism in Sudan, but I told them I have no idea,” said the elder, whose name is withheld for security reasons.
Morning Star News said the right to manifest one’s faith is a key provision of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sudan is a signatory.
NISS officials have required staff members of a university campus-based ministry to report to them weekly following t heir arrest on Feb. 23. Initially they were held and interrogated for a week, one said.
“The security officers verbally threatened to bury us alive if we did not give information on who was supporting these Christian activities,” the Christian worker said.