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Sudan: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, whether, during their current dialogue with the government of Sudan, they have raised issues of human rights and freedom of expression in (1) universities, (2) places of worship, and (3) non-governmental organisations; and what progress they have made in discussing those issues with the government of Sudan.

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

Sudan remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and although there have been limited improvements in some areas, we continue to be concerned by reports of restrictions on freedom of expression, civil society, and freedom of religion or belief.

As part of our ongoing dialogue, officials from our Embassy in Khartoum regularly raise our concerns about human rights, including with regard to universities, places of worship, and non-governmental organisations, with Government officials at all levels. Human rights and freedom of expression were also a key topic of discussion at the fourth session of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue on 16 October.

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