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Sudan: Military Coups

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL3434, tabled on 26 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have take to ensure the (1) protection, and (2) release of (a) Prime Minister Hamdok, and (b) Yasir Arman, following the overthrow of the civilian government in Sudan.

Answered on

4 November 2021

We strongly condemn the actions of the Sudanese military on 25 October to detain Prime Minister Hamdok, Yasir Arman and members of the civilian government and unilaterally dissolve the transitional government. Together with the US and Norway we issued a Troika statement on 26 October condemning the actions taken by the military, calling for them to reverse course, to release detained politicians, and to ensure the Sudanese people can protest without fear of violence.

Prime Minister Hamdok has been released but is currently under house arrest. As a signal of support, our Ambassador and other senior members of the diplomatic community in Khartoum met with Prime Minister Hamdok on 27 October and were able ascertain that he is well, notwithstanding the circumstances, but still detained. The whereabouts and condition of other civilian members of the transitional government are still unknown.

Over the past two years, the UK has taken a leading role to support Sudan on their delicate path from oppressive autocratic rule to freedom and democracy. Having arrested the Prime Minister and others, the military have undermined the trust placed in them to deliver democracy, by the international community, and more importantly, by the people of Sudan. The acts of the military represents a betrayal of the Sudanese people and their journey to democracy.