Sudan: Demonstrations

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th October 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 estimate his Department has made of the number of protesters a) injured and b) killed during anti-coup protests in Sudan in the last 12 months; and what steps he is taking to hold those responsible to account.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK has repeatedly condemned the actions of the Sudanese security forces against protestors. The Sudan Central Doctors Committee has confirmed that 119 protestors have been killed since the military coup on 25 October 2021, with many more injured. We have called for those responsible for abuses to be held accountable. On 24 October 2022 the UK, with partners, released a statement urging the security forces to refrain from using violence against protestors ahead of the one year anniversary of the coup. We continue to call on the Sudanese authorities to fulfill their obligation to protect the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly across Sudan. The UK's Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan delivered this message directly to the Sudanese authorities most recently on 27 September 2022 in Khartoum. We continue to call for an end to the political crisis through the establishment of a civilian-led government in Sudan.

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