“A unity which binds and oppresses, prohibits all opposition, a unity which imposes uniformity and condemns those who differ in faith and culture, must be rejected,” Bishop Rudolf Deng Majak, the president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference has told journalists.
The bishops issued a statement in advance of a referendum in southern Sudan that observers say is likely to result in the secession of the largely Christian and animist south of the country from the mainly Muslim north.
“War continues in Darfur. Islam continues to be the source of legislation in the north, which adversely affects the rights of all, particularly non-Muslims. … A number of oppressive laws have not been repealed,” said Deng.
“We remain deeply concerned that the time remaining before the due date is painfully short and inadequate, and there is a fear the CPA signatories have not prioritized this and that transparency and inclusiveness are lacking,” he said.
:: Bishops’ statement: www.allafrica.com/stories/201007261346.html.