House of Lords written question – answered at on 27 November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the Justice and Equality Movement in Sudan as an Islamic fundamentalist movement.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Although the founders of the Justice and Equality Movement had strong links to the Islamic movement in Sudan, it has claimed not to be a religiously-based movement. In January 2013 the Justice and Equality Movement signed the New Dawn Charter, along with a number of other armed movements and political opposition groups. This Charter recognises the religious diversity of Sudan, and commits the groups to a separation of religion from state institutions.

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