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South Sudan and Sudan: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6473, tabled on 30 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the human rights situation in (1) Sudan, and (2) South Sudan.

Answered on

11 April 2017

The human rights situation in Sudan remains concerning. In particular, incidences of sexual and gender based violence carried out with impunity, and restrictions on freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression, including the detention of human rights defenders and confiscations of newspaper runs, continue to be key issues that we raise with the government of Sudan. Most recently, we raised our human rights concerns during the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue in Khartoum on 29 March.

The human rights situation in South Sudan is deeply troubling, and continued reports of human rights violations and abuses, especially in the area of sexual violence, are appalling. Together with our Troika partners, we continue to urge the African Union and the Government of South Sudan to make progress on the establishment of the Hybrid Court to ensure that perpetrators of the most serious crimes are held to account.