European envoy on freedom of religion or belief: Sudanese partners open to dialogue on religious diversity

Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the European Union, visited Sudan from the March 14 to 17, 2017. The visit is to support cooperation in intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and to promote freedom of religion or belief and peaceful coexistence of different communities.

The European Envoy met with members of the National Assembly and the Government includingthe ministers for Foreign Affairs and Endowments and Guidance.Figel also met representatives of religious, political and civil society organisations. He gave a lecture at the Ahfad University for Women. He visited the National Human Rights Commission and Council of Islamic Fiqh, Nour Mosque, a Coptic Church and the Sufi ceremony in Omdurman.

Figel said that the exchanges demonstrated readiness of Sudanese partners to engage in continuous and constructive dialogue on religious diversity in Sudan, Horn of Africa and globally.The Envoy discussed the constitutional amendments and their compliance with international human rights law, highlighting the importance that the legislative framework also reflects these standards. A fair state must be organized around equal citizenship for all. Diversity enriches while uniformity weakens societies, said Jan Figel.

The Envoy called for the pardoning of the two Sudanese pastors, sentenced along with the released Czech Missionary Peter Jascaron;ek. Also, Jan Figel was allowed to visit and meet with Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim in his detention.

Jan Figel announced that he will brief the EU Parliament and other EU institutions about his visit.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Sudan.

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