House of Lords written question – answered on 21st June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any evidence of genocide in South Kordofan in Sudan.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

It is becoming increasingly clear that human rights abuses, including the denial of humanitarian access, have been taking place and continue to happen in Southern Kordofan. It is not yet clear whether these abuses are sufficient to be classed under the legal definition of genocide. None the less, we do see the violence as completely unacceptable and are urging both parties to call an end to hostilities. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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