Sudan: Peace Negotiations

(asked on 20th June 2023) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, in any ceasefire and peace agreements in Sudan, (1) conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is included as a prohibited act, (2) monitoring for CRSV is included, (3) amnesties for crimes under international law are prohibited, and (4) arrangements for justice and accountability mechanisms are included.

This question was answered on 4th July 2023

The UK condemns all human rights violations, including the escalation of Conflict Related Sexual Violence against women and girls in Sudan. A UK-drafted resolution passed at the UN Human Rights Council on 11 May highlighted the urgent need to protect civilians and humanitarian workers and ensure accountability for human rights violations. The UK Government has enhanced its atrocity risk monitoring, including monitoring of conflict-related sexual violence. We continue to support the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan in monitoring and reporting on human rights violations. We call on both sides to abide by their responsibilities under International Law, protect civilians and grant immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access, including providing medical assistance and psychosocial support for survivors of sexual violence.

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