Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 12th July 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to (a) help prevent violence and abuse and (b) support a renewed inclusive process for a civilian-controlled transition to democracy in Sudan following the withdrawal of the military from existing mediation mechanisms and the removal of civilians from the sovereign council on 4 July 2022.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We condemn the use of violence against protesters by the Sudanese security forces, most recently in a statement following the killing of at least nine people during protests on 30 June. We continue to urge Sudan's military to allow peaceful protest and to deliver accountability for abuses: messages delivered during the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council and by the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan during a visit to Khartoum on 25-28 June. In support of justice and accountability, we also secured a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on 7 July to maintain monitoring and reporting on the situation.

Since the 25 October 2021 coup, we have been clear with all political actors that dialogue is necessary to agree a genuinely civilian-led government and eventual elections. We continue to work with the UN and other partners to deliver this message to all sides, including the Sudanese military.

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