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Sudan: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 72418, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken to (a) secure the release of Sudan’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok and (b) allow him to return to his position; and whether she has taken steps to (i) secure the release of other detainees following the military coup in that country and (b) check on the condition of detainees following reports of torture.

Answered on

18 November 2021

We strongly condemn the actions of the Sudanese military on 25 October, including the continued detention of Prime Minister Hamdok and members of the civilian government and the unilateral appointment of a new Sovereign Council on 11 November. The Foreign Secretary made a statement on 5 November calling for the release of all those unlawfully detained and restoration of the civilian-led transitional government. We also reiterated that all detainees should be released as part of condemnation of the coup at UN Security Council meetings on 26 October and 11 November.

We are deeply concerned by reports of torture or mistreatment of those who have been unlawfully detained since 25 October. Our Ambassador to Khartoum and other members of the diplomatic community in Khartoum have met with Hamdok to demonstrate UK support for his release and were able to ascertain that he is well, notwithstanding the circumstances, but still detained. On 9 November Troika (UK, Norway and US) Ambassadors met with General Burhan where they pressed him to release all detainees and urged the military to reverse their actions. We also secured unanimous support for a resolution on the situation in Sudan at a Special Session at the UN Human Rights Council on 5 November, which made clear the civilian-led government must be restored, detainees freed, and their human rights respected. With our international partners we continue to maintain public international pressure on the military to return to the democratic transition in order to deliver the freedom, peace and justice called for by the Sudanese people.