Sudan: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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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 UK is following closely the protests in Sudan and is concerned by the Government of Sudan's response, including the use of lethal force, arbitrary detentions, and by the targeting of those providing medical assistance. On 8 January, alongside Troika (UK, USA, Norway) partners and Canada, we released a statement urging the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, to ensure those responsible for the deaths of protestors are held to account, and for the immediate release of those held in detention without charge or trial. We continue to monitor the situation closely and raise our concerns at the highest levels. British Embassy Khartoum most recently did so with senior officials in the Government of Sudan on 13 February. When I met the Sudanese Foreign Minister on 22 January, I conveyed UK concerns about the Sudan Government response to protests, emphasising the importance of the rule of law and human rights.

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