An upside to the president's postponement

Monday, July 17, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

SudanA spokesman for a persecution watchdog organization sees both good and bad in President Trump's postponing for another three months a decision on whether to lift U.S. sanctions on Sudan.

Isaac Six, advocacy director for International Christian Concern (ICC), tells OneNewsNow the good news is that a decision was not made to permanently lift sanctions -- something the Sudanese government has been pushing for very strongly in recent months. But at the same time, Six is disappointed because his organization was hoping for a definitive decision allowing the sanctions to remain in place.

He does not believe there have been improvements in the areas of human rights and religious freedom.

"We're talking about a country that has already completely restricted the building of new churches," he points out. "They argue there's not really any Christians here anyway, so you don't need new churches. And now they're working on destroying the few churches that remain and forcing Christians in Sudan to go underground."

Six says the U.S. needs to be given access to monitor the situation.

"Sudan is very restrictive. They don't allow U.S. officials into the Nuba Mountain area, for instance, and other areas, so we can't really monitor and tell what's going on there without being allowed in," the advocacy director reports. "So I think we really need to hold off on relieving these sanctions until we know there's actually been improvements and not just take at face value whatever the Sudanese government is telling us."

In the next three months, Six hopes ICC can continue to convince members of Congress and the Trump administration to carefully review the situation before permanently relieving sanctions on Sudan.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

How would you respond if a basketball player continued to warm-up during the national anthem?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Pro-family supporters rally for Moore, worrying LGBT community
Palestinians vow to suspend talks if U.S. closes PLO mission
Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned
FBI report on black 'extremists' raises new monitoring fears
Latest: Hariri will return to Lebanon soon amidst crisis
Palestinian official balking at US 'extortion or pressure'
Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Top U.S. general says he would reject 'illegal' nuclear strike order from Trump
LaVar Ball does not credit Trump for son's release after China arrest
WWII veteran calls for help and dies as nurses laugh, video shows
Progressives call for replacing Al Franken with Keith Ellison as support for resignation builds
GOP official in NH urges Bill Clinton's name be dropped from state Democratic dinner

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Oppression of the faithful bringing forth fruit

IndiaA church planter in India says Christians in the Hindu-majority country are growing stronger in their faith despite severe persecution.