A pregnant Christian woman in Khartoum, Sudan, was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to refute her faith, according to her lawyer. File photo, 2010.

Christians in Sudan are facing heightened government persecution, according to a watchdog group, with authorities set to demolish at least 25 churches in Khartoum.

The American Center for Law and Justice said on Thursday that Christians, who are a minority in the Muslim-dominated Sudan, have been protesting against government plans to demolish the 25 churches. Officials contend that the churches were built on land intended for other use.

“The Sudanese government has repeatedly oppressed the Christian community by interfering with their land and places of worship. For example, in 2014 officials made a statement that no new churches could be built in Sudan,” the ACLJ wrote.

“Additionally, in 2012, the Ministry of Endowment canceled the democratically elected committee that had been in place since 1902 to oversee church property, and appointed a corrupt committee that sold most of the church’s land,” it continued.

“The Administration court issued a decision in February 2015 ruling that the ministry has no right to appoint this committee and the elected committee had the legal power to deal with church land,” but the government has refused to implement the court’s decision.

Authorities are reportedly planning to sell off the land of the 25 churches after they are demolished, in order to reap a profit.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov