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Sudan: Press Freedom

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan to encourage it to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press in line with Sudan's obligations under article 39 of its Interim National Constitution, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. (249547)

We regularly raise with the Governments of Sudan (GoS) and South Sudan (GoSS) the need to fulfil obligations on human rights, including both freedom of expression and freedom of the press. The EU discussed these issues with the GoSS on 18 November 2008, and with the GoS on 3 December 2008.