News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World Watch Monitor
World News

Fresh call for release of Christians facing death penalty in Sudan

CSW has called for the release of Rev Hassan Abduraheem, Rev Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla who were arrested in December 2015 and have been in detention since May 2016.

Clockwise from top-left: Rev Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jasek, Rev Kuwa Shamal, Abdumonem Abdumawla

The case against the men centres on the provision of finances for the medical treatment of a young man from Darfur who was injured in a demonstration in 2013.


Population: 36 million

Christian population: 1.9 million

The government of Sudan implements a one-religion policy (Islam)

Pastors and Christians face imprisonment if they share their beliefs and churches are often attacked and destroyed

Jašek, who is a Czech national, travelled to Khartoum in December 2015 to meet the young man and donated almost £4,000 toward his treatment.

Rev Abduraheem, Rev Kuwa Shamal and Mr Abdumawla, had helped to arrange the visit.

The four men are charged with seven crimes including espionage and waging war against the state.

The state claim the £4,000 contribution was not for medical treatment but to fund rebel fighting.

If the group are found guilty, they could receive the death penalty.

CSW have claimed that since his arrest, Jašek has had limited contact with his family and legal representative while Rev Abduraheem was not permitted visits from family members until May 2016.

CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said: "This month marks one year since 4 men were arrested in Sudan on grave charges which they have denied, but which have been brought against them simply for extending compassion to a man in need of medical treatment.

"In Rev Shamal's case, being a senior Christian leader and a member of the Nuba ethnic groups is sufficient for him to be targeted by the security services.

"We urge the Sudanese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release these men and to drop all charges against them."

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email