MG (Christians, including Coptic Christians) Sudan CG  UKAIT 00047
Date of hearing: 14 March 2006
Date Determination notified: 20 April 2006
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||RESPONDENT|
Christians in Sudan are not for that reason alone at risk of persecution but some Christians (and in particular members of proselytising evangelical churches or Coptic Christians) may be in a more vulnerable position and in the light of their particular circumstances may be at real risk of persecution on account of their religion. This determination replaces TM (Persecution – Christians- Individual – General) Sudan CG  UKIAT 04849 as country guidance.
"1. This was an appeal by a citizen of Sudan from the decision of Mr M L Dineen sitting at Hatton Cross. This determination was promulgated on 20 July 2004. The asylum and human rights appeals were dismissed.
2. The case was heard in the block list on 10 October 2005. It was clear no reasons were given for the view that Coptic Christians, as this appellant was, would not face persecution. The parties agree that the matter was right for reconsideration. It was indicated that it was likely to be a country guidance case.
3. It was agreed that credibility findings would stand. All legal issues contended on the grounds of appeal are arguable."
The Hearing before this Tribunal
Evidence of Mr Peter Verney: (i) Reports
(ii) Oral Evidence
Assessment of the Background Evidence
The Coptic Church in Sudan
Evaluation of the Evidence
Summary of our Findings on the Risks for Christians in Sudan
The Position of the Appellant
H J E Latter
Senior Immigration Judge
Drrias  EWCA Civ 1181
LM (Relocation – Khartoum – AE reaffirmed) Sudan  UKAIT 00114
Report of Peter Verney dated 28 May 2004 and further report dated 6 March 2006, confirmed and updated by his oral evidence
COIS Sudan Country report October 2005
US Department of State country reports 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
US Department of State International Religious Freedom Report 2004, 2005
Amnesty International annual report 2005 Sudan
Human rights watch report Sudan January 2006
Aegis Trust Reports October 2005:
'Naming the crisis: policy implications'
'Darfur and the ideology of Sudan'
'Systematic actions amounting to genocide'
'Conclusions and recommendations'
Status of religious freedom in Sudan November 2005
Freedom for Sudanese Faith – Christianity Today magazine August 2004
Extract World Christian Encyclopaedia OUP 2001
OGN Sudan 13 December 2005
WWL: Countries where the situation improved. Open Doors International 2006
International Affairs regional concerns – Sudan 2004