Khartoum – (Muawad – Marwa) The Secretary General of Sudan Inter-Religious Council (SIRC), Dr. Faroug Al-Bushra has affirmed that there are certain lobbies which work to
tarnish the image of the religious tolerance in Sudan a matter that resulted to including Sudan in the U.S. list for religious freedom violations.
Dr. Al-Bushra added in a brief interview with Sudan Vision that the religious tolerance in Sudan was witnessed by the Canterbury Archbishop who testified that Sudan is a model in coexistence and religious freedoms during his recent visit to Khartoum.
According to Dr. Al-Bushra a delegation for the US Congress also visited Sudan and toured several parts including Nuba Mountains to inspect on the ground the religious coexistence, and the delegation also admitted that there is coexistence and cooperation among the various religious communities in the country.
Dr. Al-Bushara added that the Commissioner of Religious Freedom in the European Union along with the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom visited Sudan and praised the level of respect for the rights of Christians in Sudan.
He emphasized the importance of citizenship rights including the religious freedom which is practiced fairly in Sudan, stressing that that doesn’t mean that there are some isolated and individual cases that resulted to giving negative image on the religious freedoms in the country.
He called on the media to correct the tarnished image about religious freedom violations and to the ultimate exchanged respect among the enormous religious communities in Sudan, affirming that the sustainability of peace is in the hands of religious leaders.
Dr. Al-Bushara Disclosed that they in the SRIC are working out a plan to move from coexistence phase to the brotherhood among all religious communities.
He added that they will activate the coordination with the related institutions to reflect the religious coexistence and tolerance to the international community, affirming that is case of disputes among the religious communities the role of the SRIC is limited to mediations to resolve those differences.
It is worth noting that Sudan Inter-Religious Council (SIRC) is established as an NGO with the Humanitarian Aid Commission on November 17, 2002.
The objectives of the SIRC could be summarized, among other issues, in existence and cooperation among the various religious communities; to protect religious freedom, worship places and sacred traditions along with undertaking dialogue and extend ties among religious leaders in order to emphasize common spiritual values, consolidate peace and national unity, and to cooperate in solving the country’s problems.
More details in the brief interview which will be published in the upcoming days.