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Sudan: Human Rights

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Sudan. (277432)

The human rights situation in Sudan is of grave and ongoing concern. Arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women, large-scale recruitment and use of children in armed forces and general impunity for such violations, together with restrictions that unduly limit the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of movement, are our most serious concerns.

The civilian population is suffering gravely from the protracted conflict in Darfur. The recent expulsion of international humanitarian aid workers exacerbates the already precarious situation for civilians.

The serious human rights situation on the ground warrants maintained international human rights focus on Sudan, in particular as the country is preparing for national elections to be held next year, as part of the crucial implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.