Sudan: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sudanese counterpart on the Sudanese authorities' response to the protests in that country.

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

On 9 January the British Ambassador registered the UK's concern directly with Sudan's Acting Foreign Minister regarding the level of violence used to disperse peaceful protests in Sudan. He reiterated the messages in the public statement made by the Troika (Norway/ UK/ US) and Canada on 8 January urging the government to respect the Sudanese people's right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to ensure those responsible for the deaths of protestors are held to account.

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