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Sudan: Human Rights

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council High Level Mission to Sudan. (135260)

The High Level Mission on Human Rights in Darfur reported gross and systematic violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law in Darfur. The report recommended more effective protection through: the deployment of the UN/African Union peacekeeping force and more human rights monitors; a ceasefire and negotiated peace; effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and on-going donor support; and tackling impunity, including through Government of Sudan co-operation with the International Criminal Court.

Following the report's publication I, and the UK Permanent Representative to the Human Rights Council (HRC), called on the Council to take effective action on Darfur and support the report’s recommendations. I made clear to the Sudanese Justice Minister that it was unacceptable that Sudan had not co-operated with the High Level Mission.

The UK, with our EU Partners, played a key role in getting the HRC to adopt a resolution on 30 March supporting the implementation of the Mission's recommendations. The resolution created a mechanism to ensure the Government of Sudan implement all existing UN recommendations on human rights in Darfur, and for a further report on human rights in Darfur to be presented to the fifth session of the HRC, 11-18 June.