Sudan's Islamic government announced on Thursday that it will no longer demolish mosques, churches, and schools built in makeshift villages containing refugees fleeing the country's civil war.
"This was a local matter that had international dimensions," Seraj-Eddin Hamid, chairman of parliament's human rights committee, was quoted as saying in al-Shari' al-Siyasi newspaper. Hamid said the committee had decided that "no place of worship or school would be removed as part of the shanty dwellings eradication campaign."
Over the past year, Sudan's government has ordered the demolition of churches and schools in the shantytowns with little or notice, saying they violated building and zoning laws. Christian residents complained that churches and church-affiliated schools were singled out for destruction, while mosques and Koranic schools were left untouched.
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