Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to refrain from a violent crackdown on protesters during the state of emergency which he declared on 22 February and to work towards a peaceful transition of power.

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

On 25 February the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa spoke to Sudan's Foreign Minister to express the strength of our ongoing concern at the use of violence, apparent lack of progress in addressing protester demands, and the decision to declare a state of emergency. We most recently made statements expressing these concerns on 26 February with US, Norway and Canada, and on 28 February alongside our EU partners. In addition the Sudanese ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office on 7 March to register the depth of our ongoing concern. We will continue to urge the Government of Sudan to respect the Sudanese people's right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to make political reforms that address the legitimate concerns of the protestors.

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