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Sudan: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Tony Cunningham Tony Cunningham Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review his Department's promotion of trade with Sudan in the light of human rights abuses in that country.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

There are no international restrictions on trade with Sudan, other than an arms embargo imposed by the UN. At present we do not actively promote trade with Sudan, although assistance is provided by UK Trade & Investment in response to requests from British companies. We have made very clear to the Government of Sudan that the current conflicts and human rights abuses are an obstacle to any increase in our trade relationship, and it is their responsibility to resolve those conflicts peacefully.

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