Can Sudan’s elections take place without peace?
Wednesday 11th March 2015 , 6pm - 7pm
Committee Rm 11, Palace of Westminster
This event offers analysts, parliamentarians, members of the Sudanese diaspora and others a chance to discuss the merits and problems of holding elections in Sudan in the context of conflict.
Baroness Cox presents findings from a recent visit to Blue Nile
Perspectives from Dame Rosalind Marsden
Q&A and Discussion
Chair: Willie Bain MP
National elections in Sudan are scheduled for April 2015. As the election date approaches, many Sudanese opposition members and international activists are calling for the elections to be postponed until the necessary conditions are in place to ensure a genuinely inclusive national dialogue process.
The APPG on Sudan and South Sudan invites you to hear from Baroness Cox, who will present her findings and thoughts on this issue following her recent trip to Blue Nile. Perspectives on the question will then be offered by Dame Rosalind Marsden.
Presentations will be followed by an open discussion which will aim to bring in the views of a range of Sudanese voices as well as international observers. We would like to invite all attendees to respond to the speakers and discuss the merits and problems of holding elections in Sudan in April 2015.
Please RSVP to Chris Milner, Convenor of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like any further information, please get in touch with Chris or Alice at email@example.com
About the Speakers
Dame Rosalind Marsden was the EU Special Representative for Sudan from September 2010 until October 2013. Before joining the EU, she had a long career in the British diplomatic service, including postings as Consul-General in Basra, British Ambassador to Sudan and British Ambassador to Afghanistan. She has also served as Head of the United Nations Department and Director (Asia-Pacific) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Earlier in her career she served twice in the British Embassy in Tokyo and spent two years on secondment to the private sector, working in the corporate finance department of an investment bank. She received her BA in Modern History from Somerville College, Oxford and her D.Phil from St Antony’s College, Oxford.
Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN [Medical Emergency Relief International] and is Chief Executive of HART [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust].
She has been visiting and working in Sudan and South Sudan for nearly thirty years, allowing her to obtain first hand evidence of human rights violations and humanitarian needs. HART supports and works closely with partner organisations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States, Sudan, and in South Sudan, in areas of education, health and emergency relief.
Photograph: Two women look through the list of voters at a polling station in Khartoum, KPA/Zuma/Rex Features, http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2010/apr/13/sudan-election#img-6
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