South Sudan: Human Rights

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th January 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to support better cross-border cooperation to tackle the human rights situation in South Sudan.

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to support better cross-border co-operation to tackle the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

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)

As a landlocked country, cross-border transportation of aid is essential for an effective humanitarian response in South Sudan. DFID is funding TradeMark East Africa to improve efficiency and capacity on the Uganda-South Sudan border at Nimule, and to work with the UN to speed up the importation on humanitarian goods.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is also working, with DFID funding, to strengthen cooperation on land border crossings between Sudan and South Sudan. In June 2018 a one-year Memorandum of Understanding was signed between WFP and the Government of Sudan to enable the cross-border movement of humanitarian assistance for the South Sudan response.

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