Every year, the U.S. Department of State releases the International Religious Freedom Report. This unique document examines the status of religious rights, legal protections for religious minorities, and more in countries around the globe.
On January 13, 2017, the Obama Administration announced that, over the preceding six months, the United States had been on a “comprehensive” five-track engagement plan with the Government of Sudan concerning the lifting of U.S. sanctions. Upon making this announcement, the U.S. Department of State claimed that the Government of Sudan had “made significant progress toward these goals, as well as new commitments." The Obama Administration immediately began a six-month process of lifting comprehensive U.S. sanctions on Sudan, set to end on July 12, 2017. This report highlights the Government of Sudan's severe violations of the sanctions-lifting agreement.