Sudan Tops List of Human-Rights Abusers

by Pete Winn, associate editor

The Muslim nation that persecuted Christians in the ‘90s is still persecuting those who oppose its brand of Islam.

The U.S. State Department has named the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan as the site of the world’s worst assault on human rights in 2006.

A government report issued today blamed the Muslim regime in Khartoum and a government-backed Muslim militia for murdering 200,000 Sudanese — and displacing more than 2.5 million over the last four years.

Michael Cromartie, vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), isn’t surprised.

“Darfur is one of the worst places in the world today,” he said. “Genocide and torture have occurred, people are starving and dying. The government is doing very little to stop the violence.”

The USCIRF will meet on Wednesday to draw up its own list of violators.

Sudan first came to the world’s attention in the ’90s when the government allowed Muslim fundamentalists to sell Christians into slavery, crucify them, and starve them to death. Once the two sides agreed to a truce brokered by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, the persecution moved to the western province of Darfur.

Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, said the media and the secular world missed what was happening then in Southern Sudan — just as it is missing what’s going on in Darfur today.

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