Sudan: Torture

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress Sudan has made towards the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture since the initiation of the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue in March 2016.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​The Government of Sudan continues to consider ratification of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and the Sudanese Ministry of Justice are currently undertaking studies in this regard. We continue to urge them to do so as a priority. Most recently the need to ratify the CAT was discussed, along with the need for wider progress on human rights, during the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue in November 2018. In March 2018 the British Embassy in Khartoum also funded a workshop for senior government of Sudan representatives that focused on the steps needed for Sudan to ratify the CAT.

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