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Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th November 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, with reference to the commitment in a letter to the APPG on Sudan and South Sudan by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rory Stewart MP, dated 23 August to “support Sudan to achieve sustainable peace, an improved human rights situation and political reform”, how they define “political reform”; and what steps they propose to take to promote such reform.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

Our priorities for political reform in Sudan include improving civil and political freedoms, opening space for freedoms of religion or belief, tackling sexual and gender-based violence, and increasing respect for the rule of law and international humanitarian law. We will support steps towards a free, fair, and credible election in 2020, including greater freedom of assembly and organisation for political parties, and increased media freedoms.

We will continue to engage with the Government of Sudan at all levels, including through the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue, to promote these objectives.

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