Thank you, Madam President,
The United Kingdom thanks the Independent Expert for his report, and commitment throughout his tenure.
Over the past year, we have continued to see improvements in human rights across Sudan. Recent steps by the government, including better protection of women’s rights, and on freedom of religion or belief are welcome examples that we commend. We are pleased that cooperation with the OHCHR has led to the opening of an office in Khartoum.
However, as the report details, challenges remain as Sudan transitions to democracy, particularly in conflict affected areas. Increases in intercommunal conflict, sexual violence, and the role of state security entities are of particular concern. As the report highlights, the inability of rule-of-law institutions to provide protection to civilians and to combat impunity contributes to violations and abuses. We welcome Sudan’s commitment in August 2019 to ensure accountability and encourage further progress, including signing and ratifying CEDAW.
We also echo the Independent Expert’s call for sustained international engagement and support to help the government meet their responsibilities and commitment to change. The UK will continue to do so through our bilateral engagement, and support for OHCHR.
Mr Nononsi, What immediate steps can the Government of Sudan take to guarantee the Protection of civilians, particularly in Darfur?