Sudan: Chemical Weapons

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have supported the call by Amnesty International to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of Sudan against the civilian population of that country; whether the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons is conducting an investigation, or plans to do so; and if not, what action they have taken in response.

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We and other states encouraged the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to look into the serious allegations made by Amnesty International. The OPCW asked the Government of Sudan, as a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, to share all relevant information, and offered its assistance in any investigation. The Sudanese authorities have since reported to the OPCW that their national investigations have found no evidence of chemical weapon use in the Jebel Marra region. We have had discussions with Amnesty representatives following their report and encouraged them to engage with the OPCW directly. We continue to press the government of Sudan to allow the AU/UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) unrestricted humanitarian access to all parts of Darfur.

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