Sudan: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Sudanese counterpart on the reported massacre of pro-democracy protesters on 3 June 2020.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The violent attacks against peaceful protestors on 3 June 2019 by members of the Sudanese security forces was publically condemned by the former Foreign Secretary. British Embassy officials in Khartoum also made representations directly and at senior levels with the Sudanese authorities. On 6 June 2019, the former Minister for Africa summoned the Sudanese Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to register the depth of the United Kingdom's concern. The UK has since welcomed the August 2019 signing of the Constitutional Declaration, which sets Sudan on a path to a democratic future, and includes the intention to establish an independent inquiry into the 3 June violence. We support the establishment of this inquiry and continue to urge all parties to ensure the investigation is independent, transparent, and delivered swiftly. We continue to make clear to the Government of Sudan that there must be justice and accountability for atrocities committed by the former regime and for recent violence. On 9 March, I tweeted reaffirming the UK's full support for the civilian government in its pursuit of democracy, peace and justice.

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